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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Goode on Commercial Law

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Rethinking the Firm: Theories of the Business Enterprise

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ISBN13: 9780199211357
To be Published: October 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £25.00

What is a business corporation and where do they come from? This book provides an account of the nature of the business enterprise (including the corporation) as a social institution that has become as important as political states and families in modern society. Written in jargon-free language, the book provides a guide to general readers who are interested to know how business enterprises arose historically, how they are legally regulated, what economic dynamics explain the changing size and internal organization of modern enterprises, and how the political dimension is important. Essential reading for managers and policy makers, as well as academics and students in many fields, this book provides the first contemporary interdisciplinary theory of business enterprises. It provides a foundation for further thinking about the social purpose of a business enterprise, which includes not only the primary economic objective of wealth creation but also a larger role in the basic structure of modern society. The book will also inform those engaged in debates about how business enterprises should be regulated and toward what ends.

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Company Law
Introduction: The Business Enterprise as a Social Institution
A Short History of the Business Enterprise
The Legal Definition and Boundaries of the Business Enterprise
The Wealth and Poverty of Economic Theories of the Firm
Enterprise and Politics: The Separation of Business and State
Business Theory: Law, Economics, Politics, Ethics, and Beyond