The Nature of the Firm

The Nature of the Firm : Origins, Evolution, and Development

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In 1937, Ronald H. Coase published The Nature of the Firm, a ground-breaking paper which raised fundamental questions about the concept of the firm in economic theory. In this volume, leading business economists commemorate Coase's classic article and consider its relevance to economic theory today. The book includes a reprint of The Nature of the Firm, together will three lectures by Coase from 1987, which provide an account of the origins and development of his thought. The new paperback includes the first publication of the lecture which Coase delivered on winning the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1991. Contributors: Ronald H. Coase, Sherwin Rosen, Paul Joskow, Oliver Hart, Harold Demsetz, Scott Masten, Benjamin Klein, Oliver Williamson, Sidney Wintershow more

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 14mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • tables
  • 0195083563
  • 9780195083569
  • 659,029

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the evolution of the theory is interesting, several important issues are discussed, and the suggestions for future research are illuminating ... For those not familiar with this literature, the book provides a clear exposition of its origins and key ideas. * Business History *show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. The Nature of the Firm ; 2. The Nature of the Firm: Origin ; 3. The Nature of the Firm: Influence ; 4. Nobel Lecture ; 5. Transactions Costs and Internal Labor Markets ; 6. The Logic of Economic Organization ; 7. Asset Specificity and the Structure of Vertical Relationships: Empirical Evidence ; 8. Incomplete Contracts and the Theory of the Firm ; 9. The Theory of the Firm Revisited ; 10. On Coase, Competence, and the Corporation ; 11. A Legal Basis for the Firm ; 12. Vertical Integration as Organizational Ownership: The Fisher Body-General Motors Relationship Revisitedshow more

About Oliver E. Williamson

Oliver E. Williamson is a highly distinguished business economist and the author or editor of several books and articles, most famous being Markets and Hierarchies (The Free Press, New York, 1975). He recently edited another book for Oxford, Organizational Theory: From Chester Barnard to the Present and Beyond (1990). He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1965-77), Yale University (1983-8), the University of Warwick (1973), the University of Kyoto (1983), Harvard University (1987), Indiana University (1987). He has also delivered lectures at a wide range of universities, including, in Europe Lund and Madrid Univeristies. He is on the Editorial Boards of several journals: Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Journal of Economic Organization; Journal of Japanese and International Economics; Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance; Organization Studies; Regulation; Organization Science; and Cambridge Surveys of Economic Literature. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. Ronald Coase won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1991 for achieving a `breakthrough in understanding the institutional structure of the economy'. He taught at the London School of Economics from 1935-51, where he produced `The Nature of the Firm' (1937), which has had a profound effect on economists. He is well known to economists for the Coase Theorem, which he presented in a pathbreaking paper in 1960. He comes from Middlesex, but emigrated to America and he has held posts at the University of Chicago Law School for several years. Oliver D. Hart, who recently delivered the Clarendon Lectures in Economics at Oxford, is at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as is Paul L. Joskow. Benjamin Klein is at the University of California, Los Angeles; Scott E. Masten is at the University of Michigan; and Sherwin Rosen is at the University of more

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