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Knowledge CapitalismBusiness, Work, and Learning in the New Economy$
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Alan Burton-Jones

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296225.001.0001

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Independent Entrepreneurs and Business Networks

Independent Entrepreneurs and Business Networks

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(p.131) Chapter 7 Independent Entrepreneurs and Business Networks
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Knowledge Capitalism
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Alan Burton-Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296225.003.0007

Independent contractors require lower levels of firm-specific knowledge since independence in contracting is derived from the knowledge self-sufficiency of the contractor. By presenting this arrangement through a contractual perspective and a knowledge-based perspective, this chapter is able to describe the independent contractors' market. The chapter also explains the implications of the growth of individual independent contractors, small and micro-businesses, and networks. The trends presented in this chapter suggest that future small businesses will tend to employ fewer people. The chapter explains how the growth of independent contracting generally depends on the externalization of workers, the increasing number of workers in flexihire arrangements, the increasing demand for the supply of services outside the firm, and other such factors.

Keywords:   independent contractors, firm-specific knowledge, knowledge, contract, small business, micro-business, externalization

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