The issues about “value” – its nature, generation and evaluation and its relationship with the purposes of the firm – have always been a very relevant stream of study for both economists and business scholars. Together with theoretical considerations, it is important to understand how value influences actual economic behaviors , from choices in political economy to decisions at a firm level. The idea of value – of "what is worth" and, consequently, of the direction which "it is worth moving in" – is a basic element of all economic and firm cultures and it has a strong influence on the life of nations, organizations and people. Business scholars have created the concept of "value paradigm", which describes the relationship between use value and exchange value in firm activity. The article aims to reflect on the behavior of non-profit firms; in this context, indeed, the paradigm of value shows different characteristics, as the use value is a stronger behavioral driver than the exchange value. Furthermore, adapting the value paradigm to non-profit firms makes it possible to understand more general features which are relevant for all firms, in the perspective of a value creating network or system.

Il paradigma del valore e la sua rottura. Il caso del non profit.

CASELLI, CLARA
2004

Abstract

The issues about “value” – its nature, generation and evaluation and its relationship with the purposes of the firm – have always been a very relevant stream of study for both economists and business scholars. Together with theoretical considerations, it is important to understand how value influences actual economic behaviors , from choices in political economy to decisions at a firm level. The idea of value – of "what is worth" and, consequently, of the direction which "it is worth moving in" – is a basic element of all economic and firm cultures and it has a strong influence on the life of nations, organizations and people. Business scholars have created the concept of "value paradigm", which describes the relationship between use value and exchange value in firm activity. The article aims to reflect on the behavior of non-profit firms; in this context, indeed, the paradigm of value shows different characteristics, as the use value is a stronger behavioral driver than the exchange value. Furthermore, adapting the value paradigm to non-profit firms makes it possible to understand more general features which are relevant for all firms, in the perspective of a value creating network or system.
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