Methodological Interactionism: Theory and Application to the Firm and to the Building of Trust

B. Nooteboom

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Abstract

Recent insights from the ‘embodied cognition’ perspective in cognitive science, supported by neural research, provide a basis for a ‘methodological interactionism’ that transcends both the methodological individualism of economics and the methodological collectivism of (some) sociology, and is consistent with insights from social psychology. It connects with a Mengerian exchange perspective and Hayekian view of dispersed knowledge from Austrian economics. It provides a basis for a new, unified social science that integrates elements from economics, sociology, social psychology and cognitive science. This paper discusses the roots of this perspective, in theory of cognition and meaning, and illustrates its application in a summary of a social-cognitive theory of the firm and an analysis of processes by which trust is built up and broken down.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherOrganization
Number of pages23
Volume2007-5
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2007-5

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Social Psychology
Cognition
Cognitive science
Interactionism
Social cognitive theory
Sociology
Theory of the firm
F.A. Hayek
Economics
Methodological individualism
Austrian economics
Economic sociology
Social sciences
Collectivism

Keywords

  • methodology
  • philosophy of economics
  • theory of the firm
  • trust

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Nooteboom, B. (2007). Methodological Interactionism: Theory and Application to the Firm and to the Building of Trust. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2007-5). Tilburg: Organization.
Nooteboom, B. / Methodological Interactionism : Theory and Application to the Firm and to the Building of Trust. Tilburg : Organization, 2007. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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