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Searching for the Firm: The Role of Decision in the Economics of Organizations

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This paper considers reasons for the existence of firms and concludes that traditional perspectives provided by economics may be unsatisfactory and incomplete. It suggests that there has been an overemphasis on the role of contractual relations in economic organization, and argues instead that it is the character of decisions that defines and influences the nature of firms. The paper explores some directions for integrating decisions into studies of the firm. Copyright 2000 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Kay, Neil, 2000. "Searching for the Firm: The Role of Decision in the Economics of Organizations," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 9(4), pages 683-707, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:9:y:2000:i:4:p:683-707
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    1. Rita YI MAN LI, 2008. "Nature Of The Firm: A Study On Developers In China And Hong Kong," Journal of Applied Economic Sciences, Spiru Haret University, Faculty of Financial Management and Accounting Craiova, vol. 3(4(6)_Wint).
    2. Elsner, Wolfram & Schwardt, Henning, 2015. "The (dis-)embedded firm: Complex structure and dynamics in inter-firm relations. Adding institutionalization as a Veblenian dimension to the Coase-Williamson approach – An emerging triangular organiza," MPRA Paper 67193, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Shuana Zafar Nasir & Nasir Mahmood, 2016. "Determinants of Employee Retention: An Evidence from Pakistan," International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, vol. 6(9), pages 182-194, September.
    4. Calderini, Mario & Garrone, Paola, 2001. "Liberalisation, industry turmoil and the balance of R&D activities," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 13(2), pages 199-230, June.
    5. Otten, J.A., 2008. "Theories on executive pay. A literature overview and critical assessment," MPRA Paper 6969, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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