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Knowledge: a Challenge for the Austrian Theory of the Firm


  • Pierre Garrouste



In this paper I argue that the unequal distribution of knowledge implies that an Austrian theory of the firm must investigate two items. The first is the growth of knowledge within the firm (learning process), the second the way in the rights to decide over the distribution of knowledge are assigned and controlled. Finally, because those two elements are interdependent, we must define what their possible relations can be.

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  • Pierre Garrouste, 2001. "Knowledge: a Challenge for the Austrian Theory of the Firm," ICER Working Papers 26-2001, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:icr:wpicer:26-2001

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    1. Kapás, Judit, 2002. "Piacszerű vállalat és vállalatszerű piac
      [Firms that resemble markets and markets that resemble firms]
      ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(4), pages 320-333.
    2. Stavros Ioannides, 1999. "Towards an Austrian Perspective on the Firm," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer;Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, vol. 11(1), pages 77-97, January.
    3. Martin, Pardupa, 2007. "Cooperation or rivalry? Employee’s effort and appropriate knowledge distribution as key elements for maximizing the profit of the firm," MPRA Paper 26428, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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