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Volume 15, Number 1, 2001
Page(s) 1 - 38
DOI: 10.1051/ejess:2001106

European Journal of Economic and Social Systems 15 N°1 (2001) 1-38

Analysis of Change Within and Between Firms embedded in their environment in the context of increasing interactions: understanding complexity of organizations

Paul Bouvier-Patron

Coordinator of the present issue and associate-member of Y. SY. S., Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne. E-mail:

The theory of firms and organizations is at the heart of the economic dynamics analysis because of increasing and evolving interactions within the concrete industrial organization, at intra and inter firm(s) levels. At first, we present (Sect. 2) the evolution of the theory of the firm and of organizations renewed by the complexity approaches, then (Sect. 3) we study the conditions of change within a single organization or a set of organizations before, finally (Sect. 4), putting into perspective authors' contributions to this special issue.

Key words: complexity, interactions, intra- and inter organizational changes, theory of the firm.

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