Diversification in Corporations

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


Diversification in – mostly public – corporations has been subject to academic research for decades and has found its place in academic literature in multiple disciplines. Along with such concepts as synergies, distinctive competences, and generic strategies, the diversification theme is furthermore commonly acknowledged as one of the key drivers of the strategic management discipline (Ramanujam & Varadarajan, 1989: 523). This chapter is supposed to (a) establish an understanding of the definition of diversification used in academic literature, (b) give a summary of the different streams of research including a general overview of different research areas and the key learnings from predominant research and leading publications as well as (c) provide a detailed analysis of relevant theories and literature in the two focus areas and research objectives of this ­dissertation – “Diversification and Performance” and “Managing Diversified Portfolios”.


Business Unit Internal Capital Market Internal Diversification Portfolio Strategy Individual Business 
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© Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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