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Social Evolution, Corporate Culture, and Exploitation

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  • Ekkehart Schlicht

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It has been claimed that the market fosters selfishness and thereby undermines the moral basis of society. This thesis has been developed with an emphasis on market exchange. Everyday life is, however, predominantly shaped by interactions in the workplace rather than by shopping behaviour. This essay places emphasis on firm organization, rather than market interaction, in moulding cultural traits. Firms emerge in markets and thrive by kindling cooperative attitudes. In this way, the market generates nice traits in an indirect way: it encourages firm organizations that foster mutualism rather than selfishness.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Volume (Year): 160 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 232-

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200406)160:2_232:seccae_2.0.tx_2-c

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  1. Paul T. de Beer & Robert H.J. Mosch, 2007. "The waning and restoration of social norms: a formal model of the dynamics of norm compliance and norm violation," DNB Working Papers 131, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  2. Lewis, John, 2009. "Hitting and hoping?: Meeting the exchange rate and inflation criteria during a period of nominal convergence," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 25(4), pages 508-524, December.
  3. Schlicht, Ekkehart, 2004. "Marshall on Custom and Competition," Discussion Papers in Economics 369, University of Munich, Department of Economics.

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