Oliver Williamson: A Hero’s journey on the merits

Joseph T. Mahoney, Jackson Nickerson

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Joseph Campbell describes a narrative pattern for a hero’s journey. ‘A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from the mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man’ (2008: 30). This paper looks at Oliver E. Williamson’s life through Campbell’s lens and reveals his journey, challenges, and triumphs not only for himself but also for all students of the science of organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-207
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Institutional Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Economic History
  • Institutional Economics
  • Oliver Williamson
  • Transaction Cost Economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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