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Paper info: Relationships as Mechanisms for the Co-Ordination of Capabilities in the Portuguese Industry of Moulds

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Relationships as Mechanisms for the Co-Ordination of Capabilities in the Portuguese Industry of Moulds

Authors


Joao Mota
Lisboa University
Portugal
Joao Mota and
Luis de Castro
Lisboa University
Portugal
Luis de Castro

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 16th IMP-conference in Bath, U.K in 2000.

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Abstract


New perspectives arose of recently about the division of work in industry and the coordinatingmechanisms thereof (Langlois and Robertson, 1995). This paper looks at the coordinationof activities and division of work in industry from the industrial networksperspective. Both the notion of relationships between firms, seen as co-ordinatingmechanisms (Axelsson and Easton, 1992) and joint learning devices (Håkansson, 1993) , andthe notion of firms as sets of direct and indirect capabilities (Loasby, 1998a, 1998b) are usedin order to characterise and contrast the trajectories (development paths) of four firms fromthe Portuguese industry of moulds for plastic injection.