Background Note | HBS Case Collection | January 2007

Choosing Corporate and Global Scope

by Mikolaj Jan Piskorski

Abstract

Introduces students to the study of corporate strategy, while providing an overview framework for understanding international strategy. Focuses on questions of scope and ownership. Examines both horizontal and vertical integration. Underscores the point that economies of scope, or the existence of relationship-specific investments, are insufficient to explain effective corporate strategy unless there are important obstacles to contractual solutions.

Keywords: Economics; Investment; Framework; Global Strategy; Ownership; Corporate Strategy; Horizontal Integration; Vertical Integration;

Citation:

Piskorski, Mikolaj Jan. "Choosing Corporate and Global Scope." Harvard Business School Background Note 707-496, January 2007.