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Meta-paradigm change and the theory of the firm

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Many seemingly unrelated debates on the theory of the firm are in fact part of a single, deeper transformation of the social sciences. As the foundational assumptions of 20th century social science have slowly been shown by science to be false, new sub-paradigms have emerged, which cumulatively drop (i) theoretical assumptions about markets to explain firms; (ii) epistemological assumptions about knowledge to explain diversity; and (iii) metaphysical assumptions about causality to explain technical change. Debates occur across each of these levels. Copyright 2008 , Oxford University Press.

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  • Paul Nightingale, 2008. "Meta-paradigm change and the theory of the firm," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 17(3), pages 533-583, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:17:y:2008:i:3:p:533-583
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    1. Martin, Ben R. & Nightingale, Paul & Yegros-Yegros, Alfredo, 2012. "Science and technology studies: Exploring the knowledge base," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(7), pages 1182-1204.
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    3. Catherine Welch & Niina Nummela & Peter Liesch, 2016. "The Internationalization Process Model Revisited: An Agenda for Future Research," Management International Review, Springer, vol. 56(6), pages 783-804, December.
    4. Frohwein, Torsten, 2014. "Grundlagen der Theorie der Firma: Methodologie wissenschaftlicher Theorien," Research Papers on Innovation, Services and Technology 1/2014, University of Stuttgart, Institute of Business Administration, Department I - Institute of Research & Development and Innovation Management.

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