What Firms Do? Coordination, Identity, and Learning

  title={What Firms Do? Coordination, Identity, and Learning},
  author={Bruce Kogut and Udo Zander},
  journal={Organization Science},
Firms are organizations that represent social knowledge of coordination and learning. But why should their boundaries demarcate quantitative shifts in the knowledge and capability of their members? Should not knowledge reside also in a network of interacting firms?This line of questioning presents the challenge to state an alternative view to the “theory of the firm,” a theory that has moved from Coase's early treatment of what firms do to a concern with ownership, incentives, and self-interest… 

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