Meta-Paradigm Change and the Theory of the Firm

Posted: 30 Jun 2008

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Paul Nightingale

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Date Written: June 2008

Abstract

Many seemingly unrelated debates on the theory of the firm are in fact part of a single, deeper transformation of the social sciences. As the foundational assumptions of 20th century social science have slowly been shown by science to be false, new sub-paradigms have emerged, which cumulatively drop (i) theoretical assumptions about markets to explain firms; (ii) epistemological assumptions about knowledge to explain diversity; and (iii) metaphysical assumptions about causality to explain technical change. Debates occur across each of these levels.

Suggested Citation

Nightingale, Paul, Meta-Paradigm Change and the Theory of the Firm (June 2008). Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 533-583, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1153278 or http://dx.doi.org/dtn016

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