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Transaction costs and their influence on institutional arrangements - A comparison between the swedish and the german printing industry
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Graphic Arts, Media.
2008 (English)In: ADVANCES IN PRINTING AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGY, VOL XXXV    / [ed] Enlund N, Lovrecek M, Zagreb: INT ASSOC RES ORG INFOR, MEDIA & GRAPHIC ARTS IND-IARIGAI , 2008, Vol. 35, 55-66 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The printing industry is undergoing a lot of structural changes. One way to deal with these changes is by institutional arrangements like hybrid organizations made possible by modern digital communication technologies. The aim of this qualitative case study with four Swedish and four German printing houses is to examine if and how these arrangements are used to lower transaction costs and increase competitive advantages. The results indicate that the companies in this study face the need to integrate for different reasons to increase their competitive advantage. Nevertheless, due to strong competition and to lower their need for investments, the companies in this Study cannot integrate all capacity and resources needed in the production. Due to fear for opportunism, the preferred way is to create cooperation with a few close partners. This suggests that the companies have chosen a hierarchical intuitional arrangement (integration) with a hybrid character (cooperation).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zagreb: INT ASSOC RES ORG INFOR, MEDIA & GRAPHIC ARTS IND-IARIGAI , 2008. Vol. 35, 55-66 p.
Series
ADVANCES IN PRINTING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 35
Keyword [en]
Institutional arrangements, printing industry, qualitative case study, transaction costs
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Media and Communications Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-30821ISI: 000267333700007ISBN: 978-3-9812704-0-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-30821DiVA: diva2:403106
Conference
35th International Research Conference of Iarigai/International-Association-of-Research-Organization-for-the-Information-Media-and-Graphic-Arts-Industries Valencia, SPAIN, SEP 07-10, 2008
Note
QC 20110311Available from: 2011-03-11 Created: 2011-03-04 Last updated: 2011-03-11Bibliographically approved

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