The power of computer chips doubles approximately every two years, with no increase in cost . This phenomenon, known as Moore's Law after its founder Gordon Moore of Intel, drives the economy, setting the pace of change in the computer industry as companies both cooperate and compete to produce newer technologies, with related industries caught in the same cycle.
LSE academic Professor Peter Miller argues that social scientists need to pay greater attention to phenomena such as Moore's Law, and the associated information exchanges among firms and industries that go with it as: 'such calculative infrastructures underpin much of the modern economy, and researching them can add significantly to our understanding of the conditions that allow contemporary economic action and markets to operate.'
Professor Miller, head of the Department of Accounting and deputy director of the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), will argue this case whilst delivering a presentation at the Nobel Symposium on Foundations of Organisation in Sweden this month.
The symposium, taking place on 28-30 August, will bring together leading anthropologists, economists, organisation theorists, political scientists, and sociologists who will look at such diverse issues as incentives and rewards, power and organisations, institutional emergence, community formation and social hierarchy.
Professor Miller said: 'It is a great honour to be invited to participate in and present at this event. I am particularly pleased to see the broad range of social sciences represented. There is much talk these days of interdisciplinary research, but it is not often that one has an opportunity such as this to participate in dialogue across the social sciences.'
The other invited speakers are: Robert Gibbons, MIT; Walter Powell, Stanford University; Susan Athey, Harvard; Barbara Czarniawska, University of Gothenburg; Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney; Jean Tirole, IDEI Toulouse; Ronald Burt, University of Chicago; Oliver Hart, Harvard; and Michael Hannan, Stanford University.
Professor Miller's presentation, together with a full set of papers and a list of participants can be found at www.hhs.se/Econ/Nobel/ns2008
Contact: Professor Peter Miller 020 7955 7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Gallivan, LSE Press Office, 020 7955 7060 or email@example.com
26 August 2008