Hi there! I’m Per Bylund, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Records-Johnston Professor of Free Enterprise in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. My research focuses on issues in entrepreneurship, strategic management, and organizational economics – especially where they overlap and intersect with regulation and policy issues. I was previously in the Department of Entrepreneurship of Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University and, before then, the Management Department of Trulaske College of Business and the Division of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Missouri.
I am an associate fellow of the Ratio Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, a research fellow at the McQuinn Center of Entrepreneurial Leadership, and an Associated Scholar with the Mises Institute as well as senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises-institutet i Sverige.
My research aims to explain the market process of wealth-creation and economic development with a focus on organizations, institutions, strategic management and entrepreneurship. I have several papers and a forthcoming book on the theory of the firm, especially targeting and attempting to illuminate the economic function of the firm – both to the entrepreneur and as a means to explain the evolution of market structure. My research has been published in several scholarly journals, including the Journal of Management Studies, Managerial and Decision Economics, Managerial Decision, the Journal of the History of Economic Thought, and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.
I have authored two books: The Problem of Production: A New Theory of the Firm (Routledge, 2016) on the economic theory of organization and the firm; and The Seen, the Unseen, and the Unrealized: How Regulations Affect Our Everyday Lives (Lexington, forthcoming in 2016) that provides the reader with an introduction to economic reasoning to understand the market and regulation. I have also co-edited two volumes: The Next Generation of Austrian Economics: Essays in Honor of Joseph T. Salerno (Mises Institute, 2015) with David Howden; and Sådan är kapitalismen! (Frihetsfronten förlag) with Henrik Alexandersson. More information on these books is available on the Books page.
I serve as an associate editor for the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Studies, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and the Molinari Review. I also edit a book series on Austrian economics published by Agenda Publishing.
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