The Theory of the Firm and Its Critics: A Stocktaking and Assessment

Nicolai J. Foss, Peter G. Klein

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    Abstract

    Ever since its emergence in the 1970s the modern economic or Coasian theory of the firm has been discussed and challenged by sociologists, heterodox economists, management scholars, and other critics. This chapter reviews and assesses these critiques, focusing on behavioral issues (bounded rationality and motivation), process (including path dependence and the selection argument), entrepreneurship, and the challenge from knowledge-based theories of the firm.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
    PublisherThe Center for Knowledge Governance. Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Print)8791506328
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005
    SeriesCKG Working Paper
    Number2/2005

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