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Institutions and the Evolution of Modern Business - Mark Casson

Institutions and the Evolution of Modern Business

By: Mark Casson (Editor), Mary B. Rose (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1998
ISBN: 9780714648453
Number Of Pages: 192

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For more than thirty years a symbiosis has developed between the 'new institutionalists' and business historians, which stems from synergies in the interests of both groups. The central questions posed by Coase and Williamson, of why firms exist and grow, have found echoes in the historical work of Chandler on the forces leading to the rise of big business first in the United States and then in Europe. Conversely Williamson used Chandler's historical evidence to give foundation to his development of transaction cost economics. The papers in this volume demonstrate that it can be fruitful to apply institutional theory to business history. In addition, the volume shows that the wider study of the institutional environment is inseparable from the study of business. It is clear, however, that although 'institutionalism' in business history has a long pedigree, many areas of research and potential interaction with theory remain to be explored. The extent to which this will occur inevitably depends upon the degree to which the interests of theoreticians serve the needs of historians and vice versa. The contributions to this volume, by moving beyond the analysis of the internal organisation of firms to interrelationships within and between institutions, moves the debate forward and points to the potential for new theoretical developments which would facilitate the study of networks moving them from the periphery of institutional theory to the core a development which would significantly help business historians build conceptual models to make sense of the complexities of the past.

Transaction costs and the theory of the firm - the scope and limitations of the new institutional approach
complexity, community structure and competitive advantage within the Yorkshire woollen industry, c.1700-1850
invisible, visible and "direct" hands - an institutional interpretation of organizational structure and change in British general insurance
consultancies, institutions and the diffusion of Taylorism in Britain, Germany and France, 1920s to 1950s
financial reconstruction and industrial reorganisation in different financial systems - a comparative view of British and Swedish institutions during the inter-war period
post-war strategic capitalism in Norway - a theoretical and analytical framework
the politics of protection - an institutional approach to government-industry relations in the British and United States cotton industries, 1945-73
institutional economics and business history - a way forward?
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ISBN: 9780714648453
ISBN-10: 0714648450
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 31st January 1998
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 15.65  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1