Integrating Economic and Organization Theory
Edited by Anna Grandori
Economic organization as an object of study and as an emerging disciplinary field
This Handbook of Economic Organization, as the subtitle articulates, is an endeavor to integrate economics and organization theory in the explanation and design of economic organization. Its distinctive feature is in covering and providing greater unity to a leading interdisciplinary field that is attracting numerous researchers, and integrating insights from economics, organization theory, strategy and management, economic sociology and cognitive psychology. The very existence and expansion of a scientific community of this type indicates that the object of enquiry, something that in the course of being ‘economic’ is also ‘organized’, should not leave the analytical tools unaffected by the content. In particular, it signals that the conceptual apparatuses that have been constructed to analyze a different object – or a very particular type of economic organization – such as markets, can only partially shed light on the variety of forms of economic organization that are central in modern economies. Originally, organization and ‘administrative’ science was an interdisciplinary science underpinned by other, more ‘basic’ and less applied social sciences, particularly economics, sociology and psychology. As one of its founding fathers (James D. Thompson) stated in establishing the first scientific review dedicated to the field, Administrative Science Quarterly, organization and administrative science should maintain the same links to basic social sciences as engineering and medicine have to the basic natural sciences.
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