Life and Legacy of Oliver Williamson

  • Colin Read
Part of the Great Minds in Finance book series (GMF)


With the exception of a two-year period, from 1963 to 1965, when he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Williamson spent the majority of his early career barely a stone’s throw away from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Much of his career was devoted to the Department of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent the academic years from 1965–6 to 1983. There he twice chaired the economics department, in 1971–2 and in 1976–7. He eventually earned a joint appointment and worked with colleagues at their School of Public and Urban Policy and with the School of Law.


Corporate Governance Capital Structure Corporate Finance Urban Policy Alternative Dispute Resolution 
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    Oliver Williamson, “Comparative Economic Organization: the Analysis of Discrete Structural Alternatives,” Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 2, 1991, pp. 269–96.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Oliver Williamson, The Economic Institutions of Capitalism, New York: Free Press, 1985.Google Scholar
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    Oliver Williamson, “Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance,” The Journal of Finance, vol. 43, no. 3, 1988, pp. 567–91.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Oliver Williamson, “Corporate Boards of Directors: in Principle and in Practice,” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, vol. 24, no. 2, 2008, pp. 247–72.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Read
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  1. 1.SUNY CollegePlattsburghUSA

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