It is frequently argued that U.S. corporations have shorter time horizons for planning and investment than their Japanese and German competitors. This argument, though widely accepted in studies of U.S. competitiveness, has rarely been examined in depth.
Time Horizons and Technology Investments explores the evidence that some U.S. corporations consistently select projects biased toward short-term return and addresses factors influencing the time-related preferences of U.S. corporate managers in selecting projects for investment. It makes recommendations to policymakers and managers about policies to mitigate negative external influences and about strategies to remove internal biases toward noncompetitive decisions.
Table of Contents
|1 The Issue and the Approach||6-11|
|2 Explaining Time Horizons and Technology Investments||12-25|
|3 Company Time Horizons and Technology Investments: The Roles of Corporate Governance and Management||26-42|
|4 Time Horizons and Cost of Capital||43-58|
|5 The Influences of Government Investments and Regulatory Policies on Corporate Time Horizons||59-70|
|6 Summary Argument: Understanding Time Horizons and Technology Investments||71-73|
|Appendix A: Cost of Capital - The Managerial Perspective||79-104|
|Appendix B: Biographical Information on Committee Members||105-108|
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