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Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter – Annual report year: 2005

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The Danish part of the publication describes two Danish cases with foreign companies taking over Danish companies. The first case is from software industry where Datacentralen (DC) was taken over by American company Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in 1986. DC delivered IT - solutions for government sector in Denmark. DC employed 1,000 persons and had a market share on 75 % in the market of large government institutions when it was taken over. Danish government wanted to sell DC in order to get more intensity in competion in IT - markets in general and especially in the market for public IT - solitions. CSC wanted to buy DC to penetrate the Nordic market. Some effects can be mentioned: Employment in CSC - DK is in 2003 1,700 persons or 2,600 including other companies bought up recently. In innovation positive effects can be registered from contacts with CSC - International. Not only from access to technology but also from more focus on human beings and business.It has been important that CSC has respected Nordic values in worklife and that the CSC philosophy has been important and not so different from DC. The other case is from pharmaceutical industry in which Norwegian Nycomed buys DAK - Laboratoriet, Benzon - Pharma and Pharma - Medica during years 1988 - 1991.Nycomed wants to establish itself as a company on European level.After a decade with different owners, fusions and splitting ups a construction in which head quarter and R&D move to Denmark close to Copenhagen. The importance of that move seems to be geographical closeness to the relevant labour markets. Inspiration to new projects and cooperative development projects with parters from outside the region comes from other sources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFOTON. Foreign Takeovers in the Nordic Countries. 2. Impacts of foreign takeovers in the Nordic coun
EditorsJuha Oksanen and Nina Rilla
PublisherSTEP,Centre for Innovation Research
Publication date2005
Pages39-63
StatePublished
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