That Yearly Narcissist Exercise

9 July 2007 at 1:19 am 6 comments

| Nicolai Foss |

OK, let’s pretend that you are in fact interested in what I plan to read this summer.  All the other bloggers pretend, so why not? In other words, it is time for the yearly book-reading showoff/narcissist exercise (the social purpose of which may mainly be to let you inform the rest of the readership of the great books you will read — so please comment). So, here is what I plan to peruse in my two weeks of summer vacation starting on Friday:

1. Samuel Bowles. Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions, and EvolutionA highly unusual micro text. Apparently more like a programmatic treatise that combines game theory with experimental findings, work on endogeneous traits, and findings from anthropology. I know that Bowles has been talking about “post-Walrasian economics” for some time and know it is time to find out what he really means.

2. Charles Ragin & Howard Becker. What is a Case? I am getting increasingly interested in “case” method (or “qualitative research” or “small N methods”). I am struck by the gap that exists between the thinking about case methods in management and the thinking about them in political science and (partly) sociology. The latter disciplines are more refined and more philosophically aware than management scholars who are too often content with dropping a reference to the ubiquitious Yin book, the Eisenhardt 1989 AMR paper, and perhaps a reference to Glaser and Strauss’ work on grounded theory.

3. Paul Seabright. The Company of Strangers. About the most basic of economics and management — the marvel that is the division of labor and the foundation of trust on which it rests. Highly acclaimed.

4. Mike Ashley. The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits.  Some antique pulp when the above gets a bit too demanding.

5. Wesley Salmon. Causality and Explanation. If I have time, I hope to be able to read some of the essays in this book by one of the most influential modern realist philosophers, particularly this approach to the philosophy of science seems to me to be the proper philosophical foundation of case method.

And your summer reading?

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark E Hoffer  |  9 July 2007 at 7:10 am

    Good Sir Foss,

    For us young Grasshoppers who may be about, would you offer an “intro” list of quality tomes that provide a workable background in “Organization & Markets”?

    Thank you very much, in advance.

  • 2. Cliff Grammich  |  9 July 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Hmmm. Checking the amazon.com links, I see

    #1 weighs in at 608 pages.

    #2 (you may want to check the link on that) is a mere 252.

    #3 is 320 pages.

    #4 and #5 are 526 pages each.

    So 2,200+ pages in two weeks of vacation? Impressive . . .

  • 3. Nicolai Foss  |  10 July 2007 at 12:50 am

    Cliff, Not that impressive. 3 & 4 are light reads. 2 & 5 are essay collections. 1 is an econ treatise, with much familiar stuff stuff. Effective no. of pages per day probably around 100.Clearly doable.

  • 4. Cliff Grammich  |  10 July 2007 at 8:47 am

    Maybe, Nicolai, but methinks it still puts the lie to Peter’s gibe (at https://organizationsandmarkets.com/2007/07/04/americans-and-caffeine/) about “wimpy” European vacations. And that’s more reading than I plan to do on vacation this year. I have three young children who can’t (yet) see the comparative advantage of family readings of these texts (at least not on vacation) . . .

  • 5. Nicolai Foss  |  10 July 2007 at 9:26 am

    Ah, that’s why: I only have one daughter, almost six, and she will be busy during our vacation with studying her copy of Aristotle’s _Categories_, leaving me plenty of time to read my stuff.

  • 6. jonfernquest  |  12 July 2007 at 2:32 am

    I think Geoff Easton (1982, 1992) Learning from Case Studies, is just right for case studies, can’t imagine how sociology or anthropology would be more “grounded” than good ole
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decision_theory

    Thanks for the “Causality and Explanation” reference, philosophy of science is also a way to spice up one’s thinking on historiography too.

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