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No Ordinary Woman: The Life of Edith Penrose

Angela Penrose


Edith Penrose was a creative thinker, a distinguished economist, and an inspirational teacher who profoundly challenged the prevailing orthodoxy in several fields, including micro-economics, business studies, and development economics. Her major contribution to the field of economics was The Theory of the Growth of the Firm (1959), now regarded as a classic that has ‘inspired thinking in strategy, entrepreneurship, knowledge creation, and innovation’. Edith Penrose’s approach to explaining the nature of the firm, her fundamental insights, and the concepts she developed are still being applied ... More

Keywords: Edith Penrose, biography, growth of the firm, theory of the firm, oil industry, multinational enterprises

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Penrose, author
Writer and journalist