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The time and budget constraints of the firm

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  • Dewatripont, Mathias

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This short paper surveys some recent research on the internal organization of firms, with an emphasis on task allocation and synchronization. It focuses on an organization facing no incentive problems but time constraints and costs of communication. It highlights two motives for communication: concern for delay and concern for throughput. It also considers the interaction between the time and budget constraints of the firm and its implication for organization design. © 1995.
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  • Bolton, Patrick & Dewatripont, Mathias, 1995. "The time and budget constraints of the firm," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 39(3-4), pages 691-699, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:39:y:1995:i:3-4:p:691-699
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    1. Mathias Dewatripont & Patrick Bolton, 1994. "The firm as a communication network," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/9595, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    2. Van Zandt, Timothy, 1995. "Hierarchical computation of the resource allocation problem," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 39(3-4), pages 700-708, April.
    3. Patrick Bolton & Mathias Dewatripont, 1994. "The Firm as a Communication Network," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 109(4), pages 809-839.
    4. Radner, Roy, 1993. "The Organization of Decentralized Information Processing," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 61(5), pages 1109-1146, September.
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    1. Zhao, Guo, 2014. "Dynamic Production Theory under No-arbitrage Constraints," MPRA Paper 65166, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Abernethy, M. & Bouwens, J.F.M.G. & van Lent, L.A.G.M., 2001. "Decentralization, Interdependence and Performance Measurement System Design : Sequences and Priorities," Discussion Paper 2001-28, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.

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