Community Enterprises - An Institutional Innovation

26 Pages Posted: 4 May 2011

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Bruno S. Frey

CREMA; University of Basel

Roger Luethi

University of Zurich

Margit Osterloh

University of Basel; Professor (em.) University of Zurich

Date Written: April 29, 2011

Abstract

Management research has long focused on the theory of the firm, studying for-profit organizations that produce privately owned resources based on central authority and within well-defined boundaries. In recent times, a new kind of enterprise has emerged that we call Community Enterprises. They are barrier free and extend beyond the reach of strong, personal relationships and are characterized by the production of appropriation-free resources and the absence of boundaries. Wikipedia is the most successful example of such a Community Enterprise. Assumptions and principles underneath related fields such as organizational theory, innovation economics, and industrial organization should therefore be critically examined.

Keywords: theory of the firm, organization theory, for-profit firms, community enterprise, Wikipedia

JEL Classification: D210, D230, J000

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S. and Luethi, Roger and Osterloh, Margit, Community Enterprises - An Institutional Innovation (April 29, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3428. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1831123

Bruno S. Frey (Contact Author)

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University of Basel ( email )

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Roger Luethi

University of Zurich ( email )

Rämistrasse 71
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Margit Osterloh

University of Basel ( email )

Petersplatz 1
Basel, CH-4003
Switzerland

Professor (em.) University of Zurich ( email )

Südstrasse 11
Zürich, CH-8008
Switzerland

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