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Business Organizations Law

Vanderbilt Law School Faculty Publications

2011

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Outsourcing Modularity, And The Theory Of The Firm, Margaret M. Blair, Erin O'Hara O'Connor, Gregg Kirchhoefer Jan 2011

Outsourcing Modularity, And The Theory Of The Firm, Margaret M. Blair, Erin O'Hara O'Connor, Gregg Kirchhoefer

Vanderbilt Law School Faculty Publications

Firms have increasingly moved productive activities from within to outside the firm through outsourcing arrangements. According to some estimates, the value of outsourcing contracts has been nearly 100 billion dollars per year since 2004. Firm outsourcing happens for a number of reasons, including to save labor costs, capture the benefits of regulatory arbitrage, and take advantage of economies of scale in the provision of firm needs. We review a number of outsourcing contracts for evidence that contract techniques are used to help modularize the relationship between the firm and its service provider. Consistent with what modularity theory might predict, some ...