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Organization in the Economic Firm

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Organization in the Economic Firm

9781800889590 Edward Elgar Publishing
Donald W. Katzner, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US
Publication Date: October 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 959 0 Extent: c 224 pp
Donald W. Katzner explores the concepts, their properties, and the implications of those properties that underlie many of the current approaches to the economics of firm organization. Topics covered include authority structures, the social interaction (including supervision) among employees required to fulfill the responsibilities of their jobs, participatory decision making to the extent that it occurs, the impact of time, and certain kinds of complexity and efficiency, which are all fundamental to analyses of the internal organization of the economic firm. The author provides a clear and extensive presentation of the basic ideas, and examines how they relate to the operation and profitability of the firm.

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Donald W. Katzner explores concepts, their properties, and the implications of those properties that underlie many of the current approaches to the economics of firm organization. The book examines these matters in important new ways and in ways that have not been fully considered in the existing literature.

Topics covered include authority structures, the social interaction (including supervision) among employees required to fulfill the responsibilities of their jobs, participatory decision making to the extent that it occurs, the impact of time, and certain kinds of complexity and efficiency, which are all fundamental to analyses of the internal organization of the economic firm. The author provides a clear and extensive presentation of the basic ideas, and examines how they relate to the operation and profitability of the firm. He also develops and employs measures of the dimensions of pyramidal authority structures and analyzes the relationship between them.

This book should be of interest to graduate students and scholars interested in the economic fundamentals of firm organization. It is relevant for an introductory graduate course in organization theory in economics departments and business schools. It will also appeal to scholars in such fields as sociology and psychology who work in organization theory from the perspective of their own disciplines.
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‘I am not going to buy a copy of Organization in the Economic Firm: I am going to purchase two. One shall sit on my bookshelves, ready to be used when the other – which will be constantly on my desk for consultation – will be worn out. Don Katzner has managed to write yet another masterpiece.’
– Roberto Veneziani, Queen Mary University of London, UK

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