18th AED Trento Summer School - "New Thinking on the Firm: Bringing Together Law, Economics, Organization and History
XVIII Trento Summer School in Adaptive Economic Dynamics

June 5-16, 2017, Trento, Italy

The University of Trento - Italy, is pleased to announce the XVIII Trento Summer School in Adaptive Economic Dynamics: "New thinking on the firm: Bringing together law, economics, organization and history" which will take place in Trento Italy June 5-16, 2017, directed by Margaret Blair, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nicolai Foss, Bocconi University, Anna Grandori, Bocconi University.

AIMS AND SCOPE: The financial crisis has accelerated the debate on the nature and working of institutions that rule the functioning of markets. However, a number of arguments also trace the crisis to firm organization. There is therefore a need for an approach that link both the institutional level and the players regulated by institutions. Nevertheless both the theory of the firm and the legal debate, are adapting slowly and seem to employ concepts better fit to the economic environment and the industrial enterprises of the past century, rather than animated by efforts at rethinking the nature of the firm itself as fundamental institution of modern knowledge-intensive economies and democratic societies.

A major concern of the school is therefore to re-open a debate on the nature of the firm, complementing economic theory with organizational, historical and juridical perspectives; building on and promoting dialogue among research perspectives that are already interdisciplinary and have already taken steps in that direction, such as 'New Institutional Economics, 'Law, Economics & Organization', 'Organization and Management Theory', 'Business History', 'Evolutionary Economics', and 'Economic Sociology'. The program has been designed, and the faculty constituted, so as to build on contributions highlighting different response.

MODULES: Evolution of theories of economic organization and governance (Extensions of transaction cost and property rights economics, of contract theories, and of governance mechanisms). Microfoundations of theories of economic organization extended to capture innovation and knowledge governance. The history and evolution of alternative forms of enterprise and their governance. The evolving relations of firms with labor and financial markets to some key issues, organized in four main teaching modules.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Advanced/candidate PhDs, post docs and junior scholars. Each module will include sessions dedicated to debate among faculty members and with the students, as well as to students' project presentation and development.

The Summer school attendance has no fees and participants are fully hosted by the School.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: People interested in participating in the Summer School are encouraged to fill in the application form on line http://webapps.unitn.it/Apply/it/Web/GoHome/summerschool/18thss

The application window will be from January 9 to March 31, 2017. Admissions decisions will be announced by April 30. The maximum number of participants is 30. All applicants will be informed by e-mail about the results. http://events.unitn.it/en/aed-summerschool2017

The Trento AED Summer school founded by Axel Leijonhufvud is sponsored by University of Trento, Latsis Foundation, INET.

Posted: 6 Jan 2017