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|Title:||Institutional impacts on industry structure: the block exemption regulation|
|Author(s):||Murat Akpinar, (Turku School of Economics, Espoo, Finland)|
|Citation:||Murat Akpinar, (2007) "Institutional impacts on industry structure: the block exemption regulation", Management Research News, Vol. 30 Iss: 3, pp.173 - 186|
|Keywords:||Automotive industry, Distribution, European legislation, European Union, Organizational structures, Regulation|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/01409170710733250 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – To understand the impact of the new block exemption regulation on distribution and after-sales services in the automobile industry in the European Union (EU).
Design/methodology/approach – Strategic responses of the key actors are predicted with the aid of a developed theoretical framework using institutional, industrial organization, and resource-dependence theories. Both the theoretical framework and the predictions are then tested on natural data, which was obtained from a survey commissioned by the European Commission.
Findings – Supranational regulatory institutions and current industry structure both influence firm strategy. Firms respond by anticipating how the regulatory change may impact the future industry structure.
Research limitations/implications – As data cover a short period after the new regulation, long-term impact cannot be observed.
Practical implications – Contributes to the understanding of the changing state of automobile-distribution and after-sales services in the EU.
Originality/value – Unveils the complex relationships between supranational regulatory institutions, firm strategy, and industry structure.
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