Veblen, Commons, and the Modern Corporation : Why Management Does Not Fit Economics

Homo Œconomicus, Volume 30, Issue 1, 2013, pp.101-120

At the end of the 19th century, the everyday activities of developing corporations modified the usual field of economic investigations. Nevertheless, economists were slow off the mark and seemed reluctant to give a proper place to this new player in their theoretical schemes. Thorstein Veblen and John R. Commons offered the first comprehensive history of the modern business firm. Little interested in the anatomy of the corporate leviathan, they rather sounded out its soul and analyzed its double-sided spirit, both pecuniary and industrial.

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Sortir d’une crise économique, le mode d’emploi de Paul Krugman

Publié sur le site La vie des idées, juin 2013

Aux yeux de Paul Krugman, la solution à la crise est simple : l’État doit gagner moins et dépenser plus. Si les réponses gouvernementales peuvent sembler mal ajustées, c’est selon lui la faute aux dogmes économiques dominants et à de puissants intérêts particuliers. Lire en ligne sur La vie des idées

Homemade Economics : The Managerial Rationalization of Women’s Everyday Life in America, 1820-1920

Working Paper, February 2012, 16 p.

The paper sketches the nature and the logic of the discourse on household administration in America from 1820 to 1920. Using a hermeneutic approach, it reveals how this literature insists on measuring for efficiency rather than on accounting for profit, and thus unveils understandings of management science and economics different from the ones prevailing nowadays. Finally, this study invites to understand this literature not mainly as an instrument for the male oppression of women but as a way for them of escaping tradition.
Key words : household management, economics, accounting, women’s emancipation

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