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Business School Faculty Member Named Top Economics Author

April 23, 2014

By Shelby Blue

Per Bylund, research professor at the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise, was recently awarded a position in the top 22 percent of economics authors by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

SSRN is a multi-disciplinary online repository of scholarly research and related materials. The author rankings are determined by download statistics at the SSRN website.

Bylund’s work in organizational economics focuses on entrepreneurship in Austrian economics, centered on the role and function of organizations in the marketplace.

Several of Bylund’s papers on SSRN discuss the emergence of firms and value of coordination. An underlying theme in Bylund’s papers is the problem of the so-called “authority relation” in organizations. In other words, an organization has an economic purpose for which authority is neither a necessary or sufficient criteria.

“Being ranked on SSRN feels good, of course, for several reasons. It indicates that there is a real interest in organizational economics, as well as its implications and applicability in management and entrepreneurship among researchers worldwide,” Bylund said. “My own work, judging from the ranking, seems to have a place in this larger literature. That is very encouraging.”

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