Firms versus Plants: a Closer Examination of their Different Behaviour in the Face of Structural Change

  • Fabrizio Traù


5.1.1 In principle, the division of labour may take place both inside the firm and among firms. In fact, this passage from one of these two different ways of organizing productive activity to the other is exactly the process that industrial countries have experienced in the course of the two different phases of post-war industrial development that we have dealt with in previous chapters. As we have argued in particular in chapter 2, this passage is precisely what economic theory should be able to explain: that is, why in different external contexts firms opt for different organizational structures.


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© Fabrizio Traù 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabrizio Traù
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Department of the Confederation of Italian IndustriesRomeItaly
  2. 2.Research Associate at the ECRC Centre for Business ResearchUniversity of CambridgeUK

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