Inter-Firm Relationships and Shipping Services: The Case of Car Carriers and Automobile Importers to the United States

This paper provides a descriptive statistical analysis of proprietary automobile import data, supplemented by interviews with corporate informants conducted by the authors and extracts from the business press. Provided is a primer on the car carrier industry that highlights the increasing degree of corporate concentration. Concentration processes have led to dominance by a few Japanese and Scandinavian carriers. The paper then focuses on the structure of Japanese conglomerates and their inter-firm relationships, and provides a theoretical discussion of inter-firm network formation. The main governance regimes in the trade are also summarized.

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  • Authors:
    • Hall, Peter V
    • Olivier, Daniel
  • Publication Date: 2005-9


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  • Accession Number: 01006594
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2005 2:47PM