vertical integration

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1. assimilation; anabolic action or activity.
2. the combining of different acts so that they cooperate toward a common end; coordination.
3. constructive assimilation of knowledge and experience into the personality.
4. in bacterial genetics, assimilation of genetic material from one bacterium (donor) into the chromosome of another (recipient).
bilateral integration the coordinated use of both sides of the body during activity.
integration of learning the incorporation of previously acquired concepts and behaviors into a variety of new situations, a cognitive performance component of occupational therapy.
primary integration the recognition by a child that his or her body is a unit apart from the environment; it is probably not achieved before the second half of the first year of life.
secondary integration the sublimation of the separate elements of the early sexual instinct into the mature psychosexual personality.
vertical integration the structuring of hospital services in such a manner that a continuum of care is provided.

ver·ti·cal in·teg·ra·tion

(vĕr'ti-kăl in'tĕ-grā'shŭn)
A system that provides primary care, specialty care, or hospitalization, as necessary, through interdisplinary and specialty collaboration.
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Vertical integration once again, could be the answer.
I find a significant and positive relationship between vertical integration and capital market development.
Contracting and vertical integration provided a means for reducing transaction costs associated with relationship-specific transactions, especially in regions of expanding production.
Realize how vertical integration in the food system is destroying competition.
is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, vertical integration is a must-have as a power and survival tool, and urges those African American business owners who haven't caught on to do so.
The typical growth path was from vertical integration to related diversification (Jones & Hill, 1988), and Chandler and other economic historians (e.
Vertical integration enables a company to increase market power by cross-promoting or cross-selling a show.
Most of all, the success of vertical integration -- where manufacturers open their own retail outlets -- depends on the strength or weakness of the dealer networks in each channel.
Goldsmith says Kaiser and Group Health Cooperative are classic models of vertical integration and the reason they grew so dramatically was because they produced comprehensive health services for considerably less.
Consequently, profitability is a crucial methodological requirement of models that analyze vertical integration.
Gensource President & CEO, Mike Ferguson, said We are excited to begin our targeted move into the US market with our vertical integration business plan.
It is also believed that banks are moving away from the controversial vertical integration model to shore up capital, while also taking off political heat.

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