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Bionomics: Economy As Ecosystem

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Hailed as a landmark account of how we organize ourselves for work, this wise, experience-tested book looks to nature as the model for how things work in the modern business world. Rothschild's anecdote-rich text challenges traditional thinking with a fresh vision of economics as a self-organizing system that is as natural as life itself.
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Published April 1st 1995 by Owl Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Torsten Sewing
Jan 12, 2013 Torsten Sewing rated it liked it
There's something eery about this. As is with most things to do around Virginia Postrel and "Reason". However, lots of drilled-down, complex thoughts here. As if a right-winger would try to get Ed Freeman's model of "stakeholder capitalism" - if you can accept for arguments' sake the notion of social-darwinism that is hanging in here.

What you get is an indeed "dynamic" (cf Postrel) understanding of economics, something beyond the mechanical mainstream WSJ-stuff, pointing to the ecological dimen
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Nick Woodall
Interesting parallel and analogies between business and biology.
Marshall
Feb 11, 2009 Marshall rated it liked it
Recommends it for: socialists, communists
It's a good book with interesting ideas. The only caveat is that Rothschild is not an economist and does not back his points with rigor. I recommend reading more Hayek for further study. I think it's a great book for people who do not understand the bottom up nature of social organization. Those who have groked this concept can probably pass.
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