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Austrian Capital Theory and the Link Between Entrepreneurship and the Theory of the Firm

Author: Kirsten FossNicolai J FossPeter G KleinSandra K KleinCopenhagen Business School. CBS. Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi. CKG. Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy. IESAll authors
Publisher: København, 2005
Series: Working paper, 2005-005
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Several writers link entrepreneurship to asset ownership, trying to incorporate the theory of entrepreneurship into the theory of the firm. The critical link, we argue, is capital heterogeneity. Transaction cost, property rights, and resourcebased approaches to the firm assume that assets, both tangible and intangible, are heterogeneous; arranging these assets to minimize contractual hazards, to provide efficient  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten Foss; Nicolai J Foss; Peter G Klein; Sandra K Klein; Copenhagen Business School. CBS. Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi. CKG. Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy. IES; Copenhagen Business School. CBS. Institut for Ledelse, Politik og Filosofi.. Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy. MPP
ISBN: 8791506352 9788791506352
OCLC Number: 767759052
Description: 1 online resource (37 s.)
Series Title: Working paper, 2005-005

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Several writers link entrepreneurship to asset ownership, trying to incorporate the theory of entrepreneurship into the theory of the firm. The critical link, we argue, is capital heterogeneity. Transaction cost, property rights, and resourcebased approaches to the firm assume that assets, both tangible and intangible, are heterogeneous; arranging these assets to minimize contractual hazards, to provide efficient investment incentives, or to exploit competitive advantage is conceived as the prime task of economic organization. None of these approaches, however, is based on a systematic theory of capital heterogeneity. In this paper we outline the approach to capital developed by the Austrian school of economics and integrate it into an entrepreneurial theory of the firm. We refine Austrian capital theory by defining capital heterogeneity in terms of subjectively perceived attributes, that is, the functions, characteristics, and uses of capital assets. Such attributes are not given, but have to be discovered by means of entrepreneurial action. Thinking of entrepreneurship as the organization of heterogeneous capital provides new insights into the emergence, boundaries, and internal organization of the firm, and it suggests testable implications about how and where entrepreneurship is manifested. Keywords: Entrepreneurship, heterogeneous assets, judgment, ownership, firm boundaries, internal organization. JEL Codes: B53, D23, L2

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