A Cognitive Theory of the Firm

Learning, Governance and Dynamic Capabilities

Bart Nooteboom, Professor Emeritus, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

In this important and timely book, Bart Nooteboom develops and applies a social cognitive theory of firms and organizations with a focus on learning and innovation.

‘. . . this book is an excellent resource of ideas and concepts to be mined and further developed in fields such as innovation, strategy, networks and others.’
– Brian Wixted, Science and Public Policy

‘. . . some excellent applications of contemporary scholarship to the major public sector innovation issues of the day. And, if you are more interested in cognitive psychology or evolutionary theory than public sector innovation, this book stands out as an excellent application of constructivist, cognitive evolutionary theory to a field in which you may previously have had little interest. Either way, the journey will have been worthwhile for anyone wishing to take it.’
– Howard A. Doughty, The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal

‘A thought provoking, original and personal contribution to the emerging field of cognitive economics, integrating insights from a variety of innovative research streams in neighboring social sciences including neural science, social cognition, strategy and organization, and social network analysis.’
– Anna Grandori, Bocconi University, Italy

‘Among scholars writing about business firms, Bart Nooteboom stands out both in his ability to bring relevant perspectives from diverse disciplines together to illuminate phenomena, and in his solid understanding of how firms actually work. For many years he has had a central interest in how firms cope with challenges, problem solving mechanisms in firms, and innovation. These qualities make this an important book. Nooteboom also writes very well, and the book is a pleasure to read.’
– Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University, US

2010 296 pp Paperback 978 1 84980 169 0 £43.20 £32.00 $43.20 $54.00
2009 296 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 210 8 £131.40 £99.00 $131.40 $146.00

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