Comparing evolutionary dynamics across different national settings: the case of the synthetic dye industry, 1857–1914

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Current models of industry evolution suggest that development patterns should be the same across different levels of analysis. In comparing the evolution of the synthetic dye industry at the global level and in the five major producer countries before World War I (Britain, Germany, France, Switzerland and the United States), it is shown that patterns of industry evolution differed significantly across national contexts. Based on a quantitative and qualitative database of all firms and plants in the industry, the paper analyzes how German firms came to dominate the industry and identifies factors such as availabilities of crucial skills, economies of scale and scope, and positive feedback mechanisms between firms and national institutions that likely produced these national differences. The empirical analysis calls for formal models of evolution that incorporate differences in institutional environments.

Authors Murmann, Johann P. & Homburg, Ernst
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Evolutionary Economics : JEE
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date February 2001
Publisher Springer
Volume 11
Number 2
Page Range 177-205
Number of Pages 28
ISSN 0936-9937
Publisher DOI 10.1007/PL00003863
Official URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FPL0000...
Contact Email Address peter.murmann@unisg.ch
Depositing User Michele Kölbener
Date Deposited 22 Oct 2018 12:38
Last Modified 22 Oct 2018 12:38
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/255427

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Murmann, Johann P. & Homburg, Ernst (2001) Comparing evolutionary dynamics across different national settings: the case of the synthetic dye industry, 1857–1914. Journal of Evolutionary Economics : JEE, 11 (2). 177-205. ISSN 0936-9937

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