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Working Papers, No. 2009-22, November 2009
Firm Boundaries and Buyer-supplier Match in Market Transaction: IT System Procurement of U.S. Credit Unions

By examining IT system procurement between U.S. Credit Unions (CUs) and IT vendors, the authors present descriptive analyses showing that firms’ outsourcing decisions might be interrelated to each other through suppliers’ market entry decisions. The buyer-supplier match in the market might also play an important role in determining firms’ boundaries. They also argue that market thickness along the product space might determine the characteristics of input that is procured through the market.

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