經濟與管理論叢(Journal of Economics and Management)  
  Volume 12, No. 1  
  February, 2016  
     
 

Human Capital-Intensive Firms and 4PLs:

 
  A Specific Partnership  
   
 

Cécile Cezanne

 
  University of Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cite/CEPN, France  
   
  Laurence Saglietto  
  University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis/GREDEG, France  
   
 

Abstract

 

The aim of this paper is to analyse and frame the way in which the boundaries of human capital-intensive firms (HCIFs) are changing as a consequence of the growing importance of fourth-party logistics (4PLs). The specific relationship between these two types of modern firms is representative of the transformation of inter-firm coordination and sheds light on the resulting expansion of the boundaries of the firm. Based on the modern theory of the firm, we show that the traditional legal-contractual approaches are inadequate for investigating the strong and complex links between an HCIF and a 4PL contrary to the “new” economic-strategic approaches of the firm. The restrictive legal vision of the firm they support needs to be transcended by functional and productive recent analyses that we summarise in four propositions. Thus, the service supply chain relationship that we study is useful in laying the foundations of a broader framework on the boundaries of the firm.

   

 

 

Keywords: human capital-intensive firms (HCIFs), boundaries of the firm,                   fourth party logistics (4PLs),  inter-firm relationships, service                  supply chain   

 

 

JEL classification: L2, L9, R4

 

 
   

 

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