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horizontal integration




horizontal integration (countable and uncountable, plural horizontal integrations)

  1. (economics) The integrating of identical stages in the production or marketing process under the ownership or control of a single management organization.
    • 2003, Rachel Schurman and Dennis D. Kelso, chapter 1, in Engineering trouble: biotechnology and its discontents, →ISBN, page 28:
      This process of vertical and horizontal integration has resulted in consolidation of control over basic transformation technologies used in the genetic modification of crops; control over proprietary traits; and control over the elite germplasm resources for many of the world's most important commercial crops.