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Book chapters (2015), The Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics, Oxford University Press

Organizations and Markets

FOSS N. J., KLEIN P. G., LINDER Stefan

Austrian economics focuses on markets but has much to say about organizations. In particular, Austrian insights on the structure of production, the heterogeneity and subjectivity of resources, the nature of uncertainty, the role of monetary calculation, and the function of the entrepreneur provide solid foundations for a distinctly Austrian theory of organizations. This chapter reviews these insights, discusses recent literature on Austrian economics and the theory of the firm, and suggests new directions for developing and extending an Austrian approach to organizations. In doing so it answers the following questions: Why, do organizations, large and small, emerge and persist? How do they avoid the problem of economic calculation faced by socialist economies? Why do organizations take the shapes they do; why do their characteristics vary over time and across industries, and why do they succeed or fail? Are most organizations stable over time, or do organizations, like markets, adapt and learn? Lastly, how do entrepreneurs arrange assets and manage individuals within organizations?

FOSS, N.J., KLEIN, P.G. and LINDER, S. (2015). Organizations and Markets. In: The Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics. 1st ed. Oxford University Press.