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The Institutionalist Theory of the Business Enterprise: Past, Present, and Future

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This paper examines the historical developments of the institutionalist theory of the business enterprise since early 1900s. We will examine the major contributions in order to find the theoretical characteristics of the institutionalist theory of the business enterprise vis-à-vis evolving capitalism. The paper begins with a discussion of the present state of the institutional theory, looks back on the original ideas of Veblen and Commons, and goes on to later contributions, such as Gardiner Means, John Kenneth Galbraith, William Dugger, and Alfred Eichner. The paper concludes with a discussion as to what should be done for the further development of the institutionalist theory of the business enterprise.

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  • Jo, Tae-Hee, 2018. "The Institutionalist Theory of the Business Enterprise: Past, Present, and Future," MPRA Paper 84036, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. David Dequech, 2002. "The Demarcation between the "Old" and the "New" Institutional Economics: Recent Complications," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(2), pages 565-572, June.
    2. Jo, Tae-Hee & Henry, John F., 2013. "Take the Money and Run: The Business Enterprise in the Age of Money Manager Capitalism," MPRA Paper 48782, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Jo, Tae-Hee, 2016. "A Heterodox Theory of the Business Enterprise," MPRA Paper 72426, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    6. Jo, Tae-Hee, 2012. "Financing investment under fundamental uncertainty and instability: A heterodox microeconomic view," MPRA Paper 39450, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Theory of the business enterprise; institutional economics; evolution of capitalism;
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    • B50 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - General
    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary; Modern Monetary Theory;
    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General

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