International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Williamson's Theory of the Firm: Efficiency vs. Power
Giorgos Meramveliotakis

The purpose of this paper is to appraise the analytical usefulness of Williamson's theory of the firm by investigating the explanatory capacity of transaction cost concept. Particularly, the aim is to criticize Williamson's main tenet that the emergence of the hierarchical form of capitalist production system can be analysed in terms of efficiency considerations. Contrary to Williamson's rationale, I conclude that the concept of power seems, in contrast to Williamson’s adherence to the efficiency principle, to be a more effective analytical tool in explaining the establishment of the factory system.

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