This book explores the revolutionary development of the theory of the firm over the past 35 years. Despite rapid progress in the field, new developments in the microeconomic and industrial organization literature have been relatively scant. This book attempts to redress the balance by providing a comprehensive overview of the theory of the firm before moving on to explore firms and the organization of their economic activities.
The contributors investigate the impact of ownership structure and board composition on firm performance, and examine how the institutional framework of an economy affects investment decisions. More specifically, detailed studies of topics including contracts, authority, competence blocs, institutional impacts and corporate governance mechanisms are presented.
This unique blend of financial economics and industrial organization perspectives on the corporate firm will prove a stimulating read for scholars and researchers of economics, business administration and law.
Edited by Per-Olof Bjuggren, Professor of Economics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden and Dennis C. Mueller, Professor of Economics, University of Vienna, Austria
Contributors include: P.-O. Bjuggren, R. Crespí, S. Deakin, M. Dilling-Hansen, W. Drobetz, J.E. Eklund, K. Foss, K. Gugler, S. Hirschvogl, C. Madelon, E.S. Madsen, D.C. Mueller, A. Singh, V. Smith, R.Ø. Strøm, S. Thomsen, D. Wiberg, O.E. Williamson