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Being Efficiently Fickle: a Dynamic Theory of Organizational Choice

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  • Nickerson, J.A.
  • Zenger, T.R.

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A central proposition in organization theory is that discrete organizational forms are matched in a discriminating way to environmental conditions, business strategies, or exchange rate conditions. This paper develops a contrary theoretical proposition. We argue that efficiency may dictate modulating between discrete governance modes in response to a stable set of exchange conditions.

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  • Nickerson, J.A. & Zenger, T.R., 1999. "Being Efficiently Fickle: a Dynamic Theory of Organizational Choice," Washington University 99-01, Business, Law and Economics Center, John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wablec:99-01
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    Keywords

    BUSINESS ORGANIZATION ; EFFICIENCY;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General

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