A firm's production activities are often supported by nonproduction activities, such as administrative units including headquarters, which process information both within and between firms. Firms may physically separate such administrative units from their production activities and create stand-alone central administrative offices (CAOs). However, activities in multiple locations may cause internal communication costs. What types of firms are more likely to separate such functions? If firms separate administration and production, where do they locate CAOs? This paper examines firms' spatial organization using microlevel data from the US Census Bureau.
|ジャーナル||RAND Journal of Economics|
|出版物ステータス||Published - 2007 6 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics