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Description - Industrial Inefficiency & Downsizing by By krepps.

Where does corporate "fat" accumulate and how is it eliminated in response to competitive forces? This study finds that increases in industry-level import competition and merger activity, as well as declines in industry-level demand, explain layoffs and plant closures by inefficient firms. Downsizing in response to these competitive threats is often undertaken in a suboptimal fashion. Managers announce layoffs in spite of their convictions that such behavior undermines productivity. Further, managers close plants that are not among the most inefficient in their industry. The authors conclude that these puzzling managerial actions, though ostensibly inefficient, are perfectly consistent with profit-maximizing behavior.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815330172
ISBN-10: 0815330170
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 145
Imprint: Garland Publishing Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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