The economics of organisational design and performance : towards a new approach

Shirvington, Stephen Charles. (1989). The economics of organisational design and performance : towards a new approach Honours Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Shirvington, Stephen Charles.
Thesis Title The economics of organisational design and performance : towards a new approach
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1989
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 114
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract
This thesis presents a critical appraisal of the Williamson model of organisational design and performance from an evolutionary perspective. In recent decades there has been growing interest directed to institutional theories of economic organisation which hold the modern corporation as an institution of capitalism. However more recently, the evolutionary view of the economic system as a dynamic and changing structure has also been gaining recognition. Consequently, the traditional features of the neoclassical theory of the firm come under review in this thesis.

A short proposal for a new approach to the design of corporations is included, in addition to a redefinition of neoclassical performance criteria as they now apply to the evolving nature of organisational design. Theories of learning and adaptive behaviour become central to this new approach, in contrast to the maximising behaviour characteristic of orthodox theory of the firm.

Importantly, it is proposed that any meaningful theory of the firm should account for the evolutionary nature of the economy in order to reflect accurately the true nature of the modern corporation, its rationale and its growth over time.


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