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Title:Community Enterprises: An institutional innovation PDF Logo
Authors:Frey, Bruno S.
Lüthi, Roger
Osterloh, Margit
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Labour Markets 3428
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.
Subjects:theory of the firm
organization theory
for-profit firms
community enterprise
Wikipedia
JEL:D21
D23
J00
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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