Business groups and market failures: A focus on vertical and horizontal strategies

Mingfang Li, Kannan Ramaswamy, Barbara S. Pécherot Petitt

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Drawing from transaction cost economics and strategic management, this paper develops a series of propositions that link market failure with corporate strategy. In doing so, the paper focuses on both vertical and horizontal strategies as strategic approaches that could be used to address different types of market failure. The significant contribution of the paper lies in its deconstruction of the various types of market failure and developing a theoretically grounded set of propositions that identifies appropriate corporate strategic responses that can be used to ameliorate the negative consequences of each type of failure. In doing so it also explores the evolution of business groups and the viability of strategic choices that groups are likely to make as they navigate the emerging market terrain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-452
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Business groups
  • Diversification
  • Market failures
  • Vertical integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management


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