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The human capital-intensive firm and coordination: redefined integration and disintegration

September 2007

Working Paper

Article written with Cécile Sintès.

The aim of this paper is to reconsider the link between integration and disintegration. We argue that the conception of this link depends on the way one defines the firm and its coordinating role. We focus on studying  the  human  capital-intensive  firm.  We  explain  that coordination by this kind of firms consists in coordinating productive tasks.

The  role  of  the  firm  is  to  coordinate  the  specialization  of complementary  resources  and  the  division  of  labour.  We  show  that integration and disintegration must be differentiated by the tools they give  to  the  firm  to  effectively  govern  productive  assets.

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