This book focuses on three main areas, each of which is central to ecomic theorising: firms' organisation and behaviour, techlogical change and the process of globalisation. Each subject can be analysed by using different methods, which range from purely theoretical abstractions to case studies and from ecometrics to simulations. What this collection provides is a broad view of the three topics by concentrating on different aspects of each of them, and utilising different methods of investigation. Internationalization, Techlogical Change and the Theory of the Firm looks in detail at various questions surrounding firms' organisation, including why we can observe ordered paths of production, whether proximity between firms matters, and whether patenting is always worthwhile. In addition, several essays explore techlogy and invation, including the persistence-cum-development of old techlogies. Furthermore, this book focuses on those processes which concern small- and medium-sized firms, considering the usefulness of stage theory, the possibilities of production off-shoring and the skill composition of manufacturing firms. Overall, the book is characterised by original ideas, renewed applications of mathematical and statistical methods and the use of new databases. This valuable collection will be of interest to postgraduates and researchers focusing on invation, theories of the firm and globalisation; and should also be useful to a professional readership as it presents up-to-date research with the aim of improving our understanding of the phemena of techlogical change, firms' strategies, and globalisation.
Nicola De Liso is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Law of the University of Salento, Italy. Riccardo Leoncini is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna, Italy.
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Economics: Textbooks & Study Guides
Routledge Studies in Global Competition
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43 black & white illustrations, 43 black & white tables, 43 black & white line drawings