Title

Regional differences in the competitive characteristics of U.S. Machine tool companies

Department

Business Administration

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Growth and Change

Publication Date

2002-01-01

Volume

33

Issue

3

First Page

269

Last Page

290

Abstract

The U. S. machine tool (MT) sector has undergone substantial restructuring over the past three decades. Despite signs of a commercial rebound in recent years, however, a number of critical issues remain for this industry. Not all firms share these concerns, in that differences exist between producers located in the core manufacturing belt and those located elsewhere. This paper examines the characteristics, competitive problems, and markets of firms located in these two regions. Survey data from a sample of 104 machine tool companies reveal that significant core-periphery differences exist with regard to firm-specific difficulties and markets served. The data also show that firms in the periphery have been growing significantly faster than firms in the core. The paper concludes with a discussion of the likely reasons for regional variability in the characteristics of firms in this industry. Directions for future research are also suggested, notably with regard to the interplay between national regulatory conditions and the competitive performance of MT firms.

DOI

10.1111/1468-2257.00191

https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2257.00191

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