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Chen, J., Elliott, M. and Koh, A.

Capability Accumulation and Conglomeratization in the Information Age

WP Number: 2031

Abstract: The past twenty years have witnessed the emergence of internet conglomerates fueled by acquisitions. We build a simple model of network formation to study this. We endow firms with scarce capabilities which drive their competitiveness across markets. Firms can merge to combine their capabilities, spin-off new firms by partitioning their capabilities, or procure unassigned capabilities. We study stable industry structures in which no such deviations are profitable. We find an upper and lower bound on the size of the largest firm, and show that as markets value more of the same capabilities abrupt increases in these bounds occur.

Author links: Matthew Elliott  

PDF: wp2031.pdf

Open Access Link: 10.17863/CAM.61829


Theme: networks