Boundary of the Firm

Information Technology and Boundary of the Firm: Evidence from Plant-Level Data, is a working paper in which Chris Forman & Kristina McElheran study the relationship between different margins of information technology (IT) use and vertical integration.
Focusing on the short-run decision of whether to allocate production output to downstream plants within the same firm or to external customers, we find that customer-focused IT, by itself, has surprisingly little impact.
Worth a read. Via HBS
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