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Contingency, Complexity and the Theory of the Firm

Essays in Honour of Brian J. Loasby, Volume II

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 28th Jul 1999
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm d 1270mm
Weight: 677g
ISBN-10: 1840641878
ISBN-13: 9781840641875
Barcode No: 9781840641875
This is the second book celebrating Brian Loasby's contribution to economics by an internationally renowned group of authors including Mark Casson, G.B. Richardson, Nicolai Foss, Keith Pavitt, Martin Fransman and Richard Day. It extends Brian Loasby's work in the area of the theory of the firm and related methodological issues. This book is mainly concerned with the theory of the firm, a subject central to much of Brian Loasby's work. The authors begin by considering the existence and nature of firms and their internal and external relations, paying special attention to the themes of coordination and communication costs in a world of surprise and change. The discussion then moves on to the way in which firms use and create knowledge and capabilities, referring to questions of organization, with some detailed empirical investigation of high technology industries. The final part focuses on methodological issues including rationality, knowledge, incommensurability and equilibrium, in the context of different traditions. This book will be welcomed by microeconomists especially those interested in the theory of the firm and methodology.

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`Both of these volumes would be particularly useful to readers who are interested in heterodox approaches to the theory of the firm, consumer behaviour and business strategy, as well as to those interested in Austrian, Behavioural and Post-Marshallian economics and methodology. A striking feature of both volumes is the level of originality of the contributions. Some of them are at the cutting-edge of their research fields and this is indicative of Loasby's legacy of prompting original and insightful research into simple, yet seldom-asked questions.' -- Kyle Bruce, Review of Political Economy