A Weberian Analysis of Business Groups and Financial Markets by Sandro Segre

By Sandro Segre

Ethical economic climate, as a suite of principles which control industry transactions, has been the article of a lot study and debate because the 1980's. Classical sociological authors reminiscent of Weber, Simmel, and Toennies additionally handled this topic, in spite of the fact that Weber specifically dwelt at the principles of the ethical financial system within the monetary markets. This paintings sheds mild on Weber's contribution, as individual from these of Simmel and Toennies, formulating versions of commercial kin, one oligopolistic and the opposite according to loose pageant, and exhibits the implications on competitiveness on the planet marketplace that movement from the superiority of the single version or the opposite. The behavior of actors in monetary markets can be accounted for, making connection with Weber's writings at the London and Berlin inventory Exchanges, and to investigations on modern monetary markets

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A small size provides some advantages to a firm placed in a network of firms (according to an American inquiry based on a small sample), because Economic Communities, Business Milieux and Business Groups 21 it encourages establishing relations based on trust (in the sense of being confident) between those who run it and others who belong to the same business community, and with whom the firm enjoys a good reputation. In turn, these relations—other conditions being equal—promote the possibilities of growth of a firm.

In small and stable groups, in particular, opportunistic behavior is checked not only by the individual member’s interest in the attainment of the common good, but also by the existence of an honor code, the violation of which may entail exclusion from Toennies, Weber and Simmel 39 the group or other punishment (Elster 1989c: Chapter 3 and Conclusion; Olson 1965: Chapter 2; Williamson 1986: Chapter 2). Second, if self-seeking social actors may obtain an unlawful profit by exploiting other people’s trust (Granovetter 1985: 491–2), business relations that refrain from illegal conduct and abide by moral standards cannot be inspired only by economic self-interest.

These different production organizations are coordinated by different authorities or hierarchical structures in South Korean firms (vertical coordination), and by structures characterized by reciprocity relations based on trust in Taiwan firms (horizontal coordination). According to these authors, a very relevant historical factor in explaining the world market configuration and “carrying capacity” have been the recent changes undergone in the United States by the retail market in the direction of a strong economic power held by intermediaries in the area of distribution.

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