Oliver Hart: Hon Doc at CBS — and O&M Reader
| Nicolai Foss |
Every year in April the Copenhagen Business School confers honorary doctorates to prominent management theorists, finance scholars, economists, sociologists, etc. Oliver Williamson, James March, and Jay Barney have all received honorary doctorates. This year’s honorary doctors included no less than six scholars, of which one should be familiar to O&M readers, namely Professor Oliver Hart of Harvard University (Hart’s Harvard site is currently down — too many hits? ;-)). Hart is, of course, one of the authors of the seminal 1986 paper, “The Costs and Benefits of Ownership,” and the author of numerous other papers that build on this paper. His property-rights approach to the theory of the firm (really, the theory of the boundaries of the firm) is the dominant approach in economics.
Although I have met Hart on previous occasions, I didn’t expect him to recognize me. However, not only did he recognize me, he also greeted me with “You blog a lot!!” (I confess I didn’t disclose that it is Peter who blogs a lot ;-)). It turned out that Hart was well aware of O&M and apparently also likes it!