Archive for August, 2007

Papers for São Paulo Workshop

| Peter Klein |

Papers for the II Research Workshop on Institutions and Organizations in São Paulo are now available here.

Keynote speakers Jackson Nickerson and I are headed to Brazil today. If I have time this morning I’ll post “My Favorite Things St. Louis Airport.”

Update (1 September): Here we are at PENSA, in a somewhat narcissistic pose, shortly after arrival.


31 August 2007 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Teaching Game Theory

| Nicolai Foss |

Game theory is fun to teach because the real world applications, exemplifations, etc. are legion, and the theory so often does more than merely redescribe the situation, but actually brings new insight.  If, however, you are out of good examples, you may want to check out Game’s list of game theory in film, music and fiction

30 August 2007 at 11:17 pm 2 comments

The Anti-Blog

| Nicolai Foss |

One consequence of the expansion of the blogosphere is, in accordance with the basic Hegelian scheme, the emergence of the anti-blog. Here is the Anti-Becker-Posner-blog dedicated to smashing, well, you guessed it (and here is an alternative conception of what an anti-blog entails).

O&M has been accused of doing “right-wing craponomics,” Peter’s economics has been attacked by Sraffian Robert Viennau, and my comments about pomo and sociologists have often provoked angry reactions. I wonder when the Anti-O&M-Blog will appear? (Hmm, perhaps we shouldn’t play with fire; remember the Corsair Affair involving Søren Kierkegaard? (Tyler will know what I mean)).

30 August 2007 at 8:28 am 5 comments

Thoughts on Capabilities From the Interesting Sutton

| Nicolai Foss |

We have spent too much time on this blog discussing Bob Sutton. A much more interesting Sutton is John Sutton, the Sir John Hicks Professor of Economics as the London School of Economics.  Sutton is the author of numerous papers and books (e.g., the highly influential Sunk Costs and Market Structure). He has had some influence on strategic management thinking, mainly (obviously) among those who base strategic management on industrial economics. (more…)

30 August 2007 at 2:29 am 3 comments

Reports of My Assistant’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

| Peter Klein |

Received this email today from Harvard Business Online:

One of your course planning assistants, Mary E____, will be expiring on 09/12/2007.

Was she told? Does her husband know? Does the insurance company know?

Oh, wait: “This means that your assistant will no longer have access to your courses or be able to assist you with course planning in any way.” Whew!

New material for those funny lists you see from time to time.

29 August 2007 at 9:42 am 1 comment

SDAE Sessions

| Peter Klein |

Sessions from the SDAE section of the upcoming Southern Economic Association annual meeting (New Orleans, 18-20 2007) that may interest our readers:

  • Peter Lewin (University of Texas at Dallas) and Howard Baetjer Jr. (Towson University),“Can Ideas be Capital? Can Capital Be Anything Else?”
  • Per-Olof Bjuggren and Johanna Palmberg (Jönköpings International Business School), “Swedish Listed Family Firms and Entrepreneurial Spirit”
  • Joseph T. Salerno (Pace University), “The Entrepreneur: Real and Imagined” (more…)

28 August 2007 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Pomo Periscope XIII: The Theology of Relativism

| Nicolai Foss |

OK, time to revitalize our successful Pomo Periscope series (seriously, the PP posts are among the most read O&M posts).  I am reading Roger Scruton’s recent brilliant A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism at the moment. The book is an extremely articulate expression of true Burkean conservatism, and very far indeed from both neoconservatism and libertarianism. Anyway, these days Scruton seems unable to write anything without lashing out at pomo.  Luckily, because what he says is correct and it must be said. (more…)

28 August 2007 at 3:54 am 4 comments

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