Elgar original reference
Edited by Michael Dietrich and Jackie Krafft
The basic idea, or the intellectual driver, behind this volume is that we should create bridges between the economics of the firm and the theory of the firm. The title is intended to convey this bridge-building objective. As discussed in Chapter 1 in some detail, these two aspects to the study of the firm characteristically inhabit different and separate intellectual spheres and traditions. This separation suggests that, at least potentially, a partial analysis is developed. It is argued in Chapter 1 that what is needed is an economic understanding of real firms that are both institutional and technical. The intention, therefore, with the current volume is that the chapters collectively offer a more unified perspective on real firms. Note the qualification ‘collectively’ here. Not every chapter provides a bridge between the economics of the firm and the theory of the firm, although many do. But taken as a whole the chapters create the linkages required to analyse real firms. The particular rationale for the specific topics involved here is considered in detail in Chapter 1. As with any volume, the thinking, writing and intellectual energy and enthusiasm are not developed in a vacuum. The editors of this handbook would like to put on record their gratitude and thanks to the authors who have cooperated in this project. We are all very busy people and the fact that everyone involved used some of their scarce time to write a contribution is much appreciated by the editors. We would also like to...