By Jan Sammeck
The notion of self-regulation as an tool able to mitigating socially bad practices in industries - corresponding to corruption, environmental degradation, or the violation of human rights - is receiving enormous attention in idea and perform. via drawing close this phenomenon with the speculation of the recent Institutional Economics, Jan Sammeck develops an analytical procedure that issues out the severe mechanisms which come to a decision concerning the effectiveness of this tool. via integrating idea with functional examples of self-regulation, this research highlights the need to examine the institutional incentives of an undefined, as a way to come to a valid judgement concerning the feasibility and effectiveness of this software in a given situation.
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71 The main difference between the two is that in the first a firm can generally be thought to commit itself to a certain path of action, where the decision to do so is largely detached from considerations about what peers do, whereas in the latter, the decision to commit itself to a certain path of action is made depending upon whether peers agree to do likewise. In a concerted action, firms then make a collective commitment. 1 Transaction Costs in Stakeholder Relations and Individual Commitment This study ascribes to a contractarian view of firm-stakeholder relations.
Consequently, although reputation consists of information on past behavior, its purpose is future-oriented. 82 Concluding, under the here applied transactional point of view, reputation serves as a means to ensure future cooperation of current and potential stakeholders. As the above definition shows, transactions and exchanged entities can have different natures and exist in many spheres of human interaction. As this study concentrates on the firm, it is necessary to define the type of transaction subject to the analysis.
It provides an incentive to create a positive reputation for itself. Business practices will have to conform to the moral expectations of stakeholders; voluntary constraints on business practices hence serve the purpose of signalling trustworthiness. Consequently, when confronted with continuous relations with stakeholders and the associated dependency on stakeholders’ resources, a reputation for acting in accordance with moral expectations will help to reduce transaction costs. Put differently, a firm with a positive reputation is able to secure future rents from cooperation.
A New Institutional Economics Perspective on Industry Self-Regulation by Jan Sammeck