OLDING UP GENERAL MOTORS? ISSUES IN THE FISHER BODY CASE STUDY.

A 2000 WORD LITERATURE SEARCH AND REVIEW.

A CLASSIC CASE STUDY IN THE ECONOMICS OF ORGANISATIONS DEALS WITH RELATIONS BETWEEN GENERAL MOTORS AND THE FISHER BODY COMPANY IN THE 1920s.

THE FIRST ACCOUNT WAS GIVEN BY KLEIN et al (1978) AND THEIR INTERPRETATION STRUCTURED ALL DISCUSSION FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL COASE (2000) STRONGLY CRITICISED THE PREVAILING VIEW ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT IS FACTUALLY INCORRECT.

NOT ONLY IS COASE THE FOUNDING FATHER OF MODERN TRANSACTION COST ECONOMICS BUT HE IS ALSO VISITED THE U.S CAR INDUSTRY IN THE EARLY 1930s AND INTERVIEWED A NUMBER OF EXECUTIVES ABOUT THE ISSUES. THIS EXPERIENCE CLEARLY LENDS MUCH AUTHORITY TO HIS CRITIQUE, AND A VIGOROUS DEBATE HAS SPRUNG UP AS A RESULT.

IN PARTICULAR KLEIN (2007) HAS STRONGLY DEFENDED HIS VIEWS, PRESENTING A REFORMULATION OF THE PREVAILING VIEW BASED ON A NEWLY-AVAILABLE CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTS (GMFB 1919).

THE TASKSTUDENTS WILL CONDUCT A LITERATURE SEARCH AND PREPARE A REVIEW PLUS CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY UNDER THE TITLE HOLDING UP GENERAL MOTORS? ISSUES IN THE FISHER BODY CASE STUDY.

AS WELL AS A LIST OF WORKS CITED(REFERENCES) STUDENTS WILL INCLUDE A CRITICAL LIST OF WORKS CONSULTED BUT NOT REVIEWED IN DEPTH (THE BIBLIOGRAPHY) THE CITATIONS, REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY MUST BE CORRECTKLY FORMATTED IN THE HARVARD BRITISHH STANDARD STYLE IMPLEMENTED BY THE REFWORKS BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASE PROGRAM.

CRITERIA INVOLVES:

THE DEGREE TO WHICH STUDENTS DISCUSSION OF THE WORKS REVIEWED DISPLAYS A CRITIACL UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRINCIPLES OF TRANSACTION COST ECONOMIES.

ABILITY TO EVALUATE THE ARGUMENTS AND EVIDENCE PRESENTED IN THE TEXTS (IN PARTICULAR, BY SUGGESTING ISSUES THAT REQUIRE FURTHER THOUGHT AND EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION).

-LITERATURE SEARCH SKILLS EVIDENCED BY BREADTH AND DEPTH OF THE BIBLIOGRAPHY.

-PROPER USE OF DIRECT AND INDIRECT QUOTATION, AND APPROPRIATE, ACCURATE AND CORRECTLY-FORMATTED CITATION AND REFERENCING.


Referencing Requirements:
How to do a literature review
General
All the following have sections on doing a literature review, including advice on doing a literature search.

Fisher, Colin (2007) Researching and writing a dissertation: a guidebook for business students, second edition, Harlow: Pearson Education.

Robson, Colin (2007) How to do a research project: a guide for undergraduate students, Blackwell: Oxford.

Rudestam, Kjell E. & Newton, Rae R. (2007) Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process, 3rd edn, Sage: Thousand Oaks CA.

Smith, Karen, Todd, Malcolm & Waldman, Julia (2009) Doing your undergraduate social science dissertation, Routledge: Abingdon.

Literature review
Machi, Lawrence A. & McEvoy, Brenda T. (2009) The literature review, Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks CA.

This appears to be the only available work that deals solely with the literature review process: note that it is aimed at education students in the first instance a but third-year economists ought to be able to distil some general principles from it.

Citation and referencing
Neville, Colin (2007) The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, Maidenhead: Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education.

Greetham, Bryan (2009) How to write your undergraduate dissertation, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.


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FREELAND, R.F., 2000. Creating Holdup through Vertical Integration: Fisher Body Revisited. Journal of Law and Economics, 43(1), pp. 33-66.
GMFB, 1919. General Motors and Fisher Body Contract , pp. 1-8.
KLEIN, B., 2007. The Economic Lessons of Fisher Body-General Motors. International Journal of the Economics of Business, 14(1), pp. 1-36.
KLEIN, B., CRAWFORD, R.G. and ALCHIAN, A.A., 1978. Vertical Integration, Appropriable Rents, and the Competitive Contracting Process. Journal of Law and Economics, 21(2), pp. 297-326.

COASE, R., 2006. The Conduct of Economics: The Example of Fisher Body and General Motors. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 15(2), pp. 255-278.

KLEIN, B., 2000. Fisher-General Motors and the Nature of the Firm. Journal of Law and Economics, 43(1), pp. 105-141.

CASADESUSa?MASANELL, RAMON AND SPULBER, DANIEL F., 2000. The Fable of Fisher Body. Journal of Law and Economics, 43(1), pp. 67-104.

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a? Casadesus-Masanell, R. and Spulber, D.F., 2000. The Fable of Fisher Body. Journal of Law and Economics, 43(1), pp. 67-104.

a? Coase, R.H., 2006. The Conduct of Economics: The Example of Fisher Body and General Motors. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 15(2), pp. 255-278.

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