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Saturday, October 24, 2009

MIT/Harvard Course on Organizational Economics

As a follow-on to my recent post dealing with Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson's work on the boundaries of the firm, I'd mention that you can get a good idea of the state-of-the-art in the study of organizational economics by looking through the reading list for a course on that subject offered jointly by MIT and Harvard.

Uses of organizational economics within firms, between firms, and beyond firms
(Robert Gibbons)

Taught by Prof. George Baker of MIT and Prof. Robert Gibbons of Harvard, Organizational Economics, is divided into four modules:
  • Boundaries of the firm

  • Employment in organizations

  • Decision-making in organizations

  • Structures and processes in organizations
The reading list includes both foundational material, e.g., Ronald Coase's classic paper on "The Nature of the Firm" from 1937; and contemporary material, e.g, chapters from Baker and Gibbons' forthcoming compilation, The Handbook of Organizational Economics.


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