Toward an Integrative Theory of the Firm

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Title: Toward an Integrative Theory of the Firm
A Relationship-based Approach
Author: Li, Xin
Abstract: This paper argues that the existing four major theories of the firm, i.e., the transaction cost theory, resource-based view, the entrepreneurial theory, and the stakeholder theory, are all insightful yet partial because each of them has a particular focus on the phenomenon of the firm. To better understand the nature and behaviors of the firm, we need a comprehensive yet integrative theory. Toward this end, this paper proposes a relationship-based theory of the firm (R’BT) which claims that it is the relationships between the entrepreneur and other individuals or firms that determine the existence, boundary, internal organization and competitive advantage of the firm.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8361
Date: 2011-11-18

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