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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; United States ed edition (1 Feb. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132246503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132246507
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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A systematic treatment of the economics of the modern firm, this book draws on the insights of a variety of areas in modern economics and other disciplines, but presents a coherent, consistent, innovative treatment of the central problems in organizations of motivating people and coordinating their activities. KEY TOPICS: Introduces the fundamental problems organizations encounter and explains why they occur. Discusses a number of patterns of response -- showing why organizations are structured as they are, why they adopt the policies they do, and how they solve organizational problems themselves.

About the Author

J. W. Roberts is the former Head of Classics at Eton College. He is the author of City of Sokrates (Routledge, 1998), a founder member of the JACT Ancient History Committee, and General Editor of the LACTOR series of translated sources for Greek and Roman history.

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The book was highlighted and some small tips beside the paragrahs. I think it would be some of my personal guideline to learn my module :) waiting for the delivery is nearly made me crazy, though it was delivered before the expectation.
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HASH(0x938dec30) out of 5 stars A textbook on the firm. 24 Jun. 2002
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This book is probably the first textbook on economics of organization. Since published in 1992, it has been widely used in classes. The main framework of the book lies in the conception of the firm as a system of incentive/coordination to allocate efficiently resources. So this book is an extension of neoclassical approach to the area of organization, though such concepts like bounded rationality and transaction cost are incorporated deeply into the architecture of the book. Unlike usual textbooks, this book has the overarching coherence with theoretical depth over various subjects like centralized/decentralized organization, moral hazard, rent, ownership, human resource management, investment, corporate governance. Such consistency is possible for its theoretical position: neoclassical approach. In that stance, the actor is motivated in its rational calculation, in other word incentive, although it¡¯s bounded in terms of information. How to organize such actor into an organization is the problem of coordination in the theory of the firm. Such an approach was widely adopted in the 1980s. But these days, resources/capabilities approach and evolutionary economics dominate the discourse on the firm. Capabilities, resources, dynamic capabilities, organizational learning, routine, tacit knowledge, knowledge creation, those are buzzwords to date. If you are to be specialized in the theory of the firm, this book should be read. But if not, I recommend Besanko, Dranove, and Shanley¡¯s ¡®Economics of Strategy¡¯. It takes trendy approach and that, it explains each subject with live examples from business world.
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HASH(0x93443180) out of 5 stars Great book; the worst print quality you'll ever see 20 Nov. 2008
By G. S. Pita - Published on
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The book delivered by looks like a photocopied book, not a printed one. Paper quality is the worst. It's totally incompatible with the US$ 140 price.

It should be out-of-print or something and then Prentice-Hall found it cheaper to photocopy and bind it, rather then issuing a new edition. should let customers know this in advance.

The book content is great as the other reviewers have said, but I'm about to see a book with worse print quality than the one Amazon sent me.

I wish I have bought a used book, printed 15 years ago, for US$ 40.
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HASH(0x932bd9b4) out of 5 stars Over Amitious 8 Sept. 2005
By John Orford - Published on
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While I really love this book (have studied it in detail from cover to cover) it tries to do too much.

It covers the CAPM model for example, but doesn't go into enough detail so that a reader can really get a good grasp of the model. Also, it shies away from using proper mathematical analysis of some models (as with many other American textbooks) which will give a naive reader a false sense of security.

Otherwise a great book, it's breadth and readability is excellent - would love an update sometime :)
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This book is vast and profound. It is not so simple to be read nor fast, but it is worth. The analyses on this book are deep and in some cases unusual. This book is definitely a must "read".
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Very nice, although the book had some highlight lines. It was a nice deal. Would do business with the shop again!
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