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Looking for a theory of the firm: future challenges

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  • Pierre Garrouste

    () (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - UNS - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis - UCA - Université Côte d'Azur - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UCA - Université Côte d'Azur)

  • Stéphane Saussier

    () (IAE Paris - Institut d'Administration des Entreprises - Paris - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Abstract

In this paper we present the main developments of the theories of the firm rooted in Coase’s [Coase, R.H., 1937. The nature of the firm. Economica, New Series 4, 386–405] seminal article. We show that the two important topics of the nature and boundaries of the firm, as well as the internal organization of the firm, give place to essential contributions. We present those contributions and their limits and then their possible developments. Finally we introduce the papers of this issue.

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  • Pierre Garrouste & Stéphane Saussier, 2005. "Looking for a theory of the firm: future challenges," Post-Print halshs-01300351, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01300351 Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01300351
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