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Ove Granstrand and Sören Sjölander
The Acquisition of Technology and Small Firms by Large Firms
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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