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dc.contributor.authorGhosal , Viveken_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-29en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-14T08:23:20Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-14T08:23:20Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/30623-
dc.description.abstractThis study is framed against the increasingly stringent environmental demands on the pulp and paper industry since the late-1980s to reduce water and air pollution, and the global economic slowdown of the early-1990s. The primary focus of this paper is an observation-based analysis conducted by visiting selected paper mills in Finland, the U.S., Germany and Sweden. I find interesting differences and similarities in the firms' strategies in terms of how they responded to these changes in market conditions. Some of the observed differences lie in their focus on achieving (incremental) cost-efficiency gains from better management of the production processes, inventories, supply-chain, product distribution, and timing of modernization investments, including ICT. The second part of the paper presents evidence on firms' productivity paths, and the heterogeneity in productivity among relatively similar firms. I also present selected evidence of these firms’ investments in specific areas and how they affected their productivity. The observation of important intra-industry differences across relatively similar firms lends credence to the insights provided by Denrell, Fang and Winter (2003) and Zott (2003), among others. The findings have implications for the study of organizational behavior and business strategies employed by firms to improve their performance and productivity under changing market conditions. We end with some comments on how to assess innovative activity in traditional industries such as pulp and paper.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherCESifo Münchenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCESifo working paper 2673en_US
dc.subject.jelL00en_US
dc.subject.jelL11en_US
dc.subject.jelL20en_US
dc.subject.jelL23en_US
dc.subject.jelL25en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordincremental innovationen_US
dc.subject.keywordICT investmentsen_US
dc.subject.keywordmodernization investmentsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcompetitive advantageen_US
dc.subject.keywordproduction managementen_US
dc.subject.keywordsupply-chain managementen_US
dc.subject.stwPapierwirtschaften_US
dc.subject.stwWettbewerbsstrategieen_US
dc.subject.stwOrganisationsverhaltenen_US
dc.subject.stwInnovationen_US
dc.subject.stwComputergestütztes Verfahrenen_US
dc.subject.stwLieferanten-Kunden-Beziehungen_US
dc.subject.stwFinnlanden_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.subject.stwSchwedenen_US
dc.titleBusiness strategy and firm reorganization under changing market conditionsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn603333796en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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