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PLURAL FORMS OF ORGANIZATION: WHERE DO WE STAND

Abstract : This paper addresses a puzzling problem: why do parties often choose to combine alternative modes of organizations simultaneously while dealing with identical or almost identical transactions? I propose a model to capture these so-called ‘plural forms’ and to explain the choice of such non-standard arrangements. Three determinants are identified as playing the major role: ambiguity surrounding the fitness of a mode of organization to the transaction at stake; complexity of a transaction or a set of transactions; and strategic behavior. Propositions are derived that are confronted to empirical data coming out of the agrifood industry.
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Claude Ménard. PLURAL FORMS OF ORGANIZATION: WHERE DO WE STAND. Managerial and Decision Economics, Wiley, 2013, Governance of Franchising Networks, Cooperatives and Alliances, 34 (3-5), pp.124-139. ⟨10.1002/mde.2578⟩. ⟨hal-01315466⟩

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