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Enterprise and Leadership
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Enterprise and Leadership

Studies on Firms, Markets and Networks

9781840643541 Edward Elgar Publishing
Mark Casson, Professor of Economics and Director, Centre for Institutions and Economic History, University of Reading, UK
Publication Date: August 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 354 1 Extent: 304 pp
This book offers a broader perspective and important practical insights into economic institutions, focusing on dynamic issues such as entrepreneurship and ethical leadership, which are crucial to institutional growth.

Extending the work of his previous books, The Entrepreneur and The Economics of Business Culture, Mark Casson analyses economic institutions from an integrated social science perspective.

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Economic institutions such as firms, markets, governments and voluntary organizations have a crucial impact on the competitiveness of national economies. Research on economic institutions is growing rapidly, but unfortunately it often focuses on narrow issues concerning legal systems and transaction costs. This book offers a broader perspective and important practical insights into economic institutions, focusing on dynamic issues such as entrepreneurship and ethical leadership, which are crucial to institutional growth.

Extending the work of his previous books, The Entrepreneur and The Economics of Business Culture, Mark Casson analyses economic institutions from an integrated social science perspective. This perspective is based on the rational action principle of mainstream economics, modified to allow for endogenous preferences and information costs. Combining plausible assumptions with analytical rigour, the integrated approach offers important new insights into a wide range of issues, including the growth of firms, family business, regional business networks, international business elites, and the influence of cultural values on long-run economic growth. The integrated social science approach has implications for all the social sciences, and so the book is addressed to both business and management practitioners as well as scholars from a wide range of disciplines.
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‘This is an ambitious and a highly academic text.’
– Economic Outlook and Business Review

‘I can with no hesitation very strongly recommend this work to anybody with an interest in the theory of economic organization and international business.’
– Nicolai Foss, Journal of International Business Studies

‘This book provides a useful analysis of economic institutions aimed at practitioners in business and management as well as economists.’
– Aslib Book Guide
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Contents: Preface and Acknowledgements 1. The Economics of Ethical Leadership 2. Economics and Anthropology – Reluctant Partners 3. An Entrepreneurial Theory of the Firm 4. Entrepreneurship and the Industrial Revolution: A Re-appraisal 5. Marshall on Marketing 6. Multinational Trading Companies 7. Regional Business Networks 8. The Family Firm: An Analysis of the Dynastic Motive 9. Cultural Factors in Economic Growth Index
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