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Working Capital Management$
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Lorenzo Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.001.0001

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Patterns in Working Capital

Patterns in Working Capital

(p.134) 12 Patterns in Working Capital
Working Capital Management

Lorenzo A. Preve (Contributor Webpage)

Virginia Sarria-Allende (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the cross‐sectional and time‐series variation in the patterns of working capital. By understanding how working capital policies compare across firms, industries, or countries, and by analyzing how these policies evolve over time, we can better appreciate the role of a firm's working capital strategy. We suggest that sound institutional frameworks allow for less restrictive working capital management policies, since financial needs for operation are usually lower and easier to be financed with short‐term funds (relative to less developed contexts'). We comment on how these equilibriums are affected by peculiar macroeconomic conditions or financial crises. Finally, we also consider the effects of firm‐level financial distress on working capital.

Keywords:   corporate finance, working capital management, financial needs for operation, corporate strategy, financial distress, working capital

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