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No 213:
The Acquisition of Technology and Small Firms by Large Firms

Ove Granstrand and Sören Sjölander

Abstract: This paper describes how large, typically multi-technology corporations build up and exploit their technological capability by purchasing small, technology-based firms in order to acquire their technology. The frequency, possible causes and economic effects of this phenomenon are elaborated, based on empirical studies of Swedish industry. A new mechanism for trading technology through the trading of small firms among large firms is proposed.

Keywords: Acquisitions; technological progress; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D83; G34; O32; (follow links to similar papers)

33 pages, January 1990

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