The Theory of the Firm: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management

1st Edition

Nicolai Foss

Published December 23, 1999
Reference - 1696 Pages
ISBN 9780415196376 - CAT# RU18694
Series: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management

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Firms have for a long time been part of the explanatory set-up of economics. However, it is only recently that economists have felt the need for an economic theory addressing:
* why firms are different
* why firms exist
* what determines their boundaries relative to 'the market'
* what determines their internal organization.
This collection documents the rise of the modern theory of the firm during the last two to three decades. It reprints classic writings from a diversity of perspectives, including not only contractual theories of the firm, but also knowledge-based theories and theories of the firm as an information processor. In addition, the collection features perspectives from business strategy and business history as well as methodological and doctrinal historical perspectives.

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