Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

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

Ove Granstrand and Sören Sjölander
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Ove Granstrand: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Sören Sjölander: Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden

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

JEL-codes: D83; G34; O32

33 pages, January 1990

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