"Vertical Integration in Academic Publishing: Implications for Knowledge Inequality"

George Chen, Alejandro Posada, and Leslie Chan have published "Vertical Integration in Academic Publishing: Implications for Knowledge Inequality".

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This paper attempts to illustrate the implications of a simultaneous redirection of the big publishers' business strategy towards open access business models and the acquisition of scholarly infrastructure utilizing the conceptual framework of rent-seeking theory. To document such a transformation, we utilized financial databases to analyze the mergers and acquisitions of the top publicly traded academic publishers. We then performed a service analysis to situate the acquisitions of publishers within the knowledge and education life-cycles, illustrating what we term to be their vertical integration within their respective expansion target life-cycles.

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Author: Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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