Social Evolution, Corporate Culture, and Exploitation
AbstractIt 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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Volume (Year): 160 (2004)
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- Schlicht, Ekkehart, 2002. "Social Evolution, Corporate Culture, and Exploitation," IZA Discussion Papers 651, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
- A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
- B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Institutional; Evolutionary
- D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
- L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
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