AEA Papers on Organizations

8 January 2007 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

| Peter Klein |

A selection of papers on firms, contracts, organizations, and institutions from this weekend’s American Economic Association meeting in Chicago.

Incomplete Contracts and Ownership: Some New Thoughts
Hart, Oliver (Harvard University)
Moore, John Hardman (University of Edinburgh)

Diversity of Governance Governance-Organization Architecture Linkage: Complementarities and Human Assets Essentiality
Aoki, Masahiko (Stanford University)

Firms, Nonprofits, and Cooperatives: A Theory of Organizational Choice
Herbst, Patrick (Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Prufer, Jens (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

Firm Boundaries in the New Economy: Theory and Evidence
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy (Emory University)

On the Network Structure of Communication in Organizations
Calvo-Armengol, Antoni (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

Discretionary Latitude and the Nature of Relational Contracting
Wu, Steven (The Ohio State University)
Roe, Brian (The Ohio State University)

Disagreement and Autonomy: Incentive Contracting with Psychological Ownership and Objective Ownership
Thakor, Anjan (Washington University, St. Louis)
Song, Fenghua (Washington University in St. Louis)

Managerial Skills Acquisition and the Process of Development
Beaudry, Paul (University of British Columbia)
Francois, Patrick (University of British Columbia)

The Evolution of National Retail Chains: How We Got Here
Foster, Lucia (U.S. Census Bureau)
Haltiwanger, John (University of Maryland)
Krizan, C.J. (U.S. Census Bureau)

International Financial Integration and Entrepreneurial Firms Dynamics
Alfaro, Laura (Harvard Business School)
Charlton, Andrew (London School of Economics)

Can Contract Theory Explain Social Preferences?
MacLeod, W. Bentley (Columbia University)

Tradeoffs in Staying Close: Corporate Decision-Making and Geographic Dispersion
Wulf, Julie (University of Pennsylvania)
Landier, Augustin (New York University)
Nair, Vinay (University of Pennsylvania)

The complete list of papers is here.

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  • 1. Dick Langlois  |  10 January 2007 at 12:19 pm

    My former student Scott Wallace sent me an email about another session at the AEA, one for which online papers are apparently not available.

    Jan. 6, 10:15 am AEA

    Understanding Performance Heterogeneity between Firms: The Role of Organizational Capabilities

    Presiding: LUIS GARICANO, University of Chicago

    JOHN SUTTON, London School of Economics—Competing in Capabilities

    ROBERT GIBBONS and REBECCA HENDERSON, Massachusetts Institute of Technology—Organizational Capabilities: Persistent Performance Differences among Seemingly Similar Enterprises

    LUIS GARICANO, University of Chicago—Organizational Capabilities: A Cognitive Perspective

    Discussants: ROB GERTNER, University of Chicago, JOHN ROBERTS, Stanford University, JAN RIVKIN, Harvard University

    Here is Scott’s take: “It was interesting to see neoclassical types (like Gibbons and Sutton) trying to tackle the concept of capabilities. There seemed a general agreement among the presenters that firms do possess knowledge and that this knowledge is an important source of differential performance. It was, however, frustrating to see a lack of appreciation for the research already done in this area. Nelson and Winter were mentioned once in passing and John Roberts, as discussant, did briefly allude to business strategy literature, but that was all. The attempts by the authors were less than compelling.”

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