Methodological Individualism and the Organizational Capabilities Approach

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Methodological Individualism and the Organizational Capabilities Approach

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dc.contributor.author Felin, Teppo en_US
dc.contributor.author Foss, Nicolai J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:26:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:26:43Z
dc.date.issued 2004-08-02T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 8791506204 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7310
dc.description.abstract Abstract During the last decade, strategy scholars have increasingly converged on organizational capabilities as a key construct in strategy research. We explicate some of the underlying, unstated assumptions of current capabilities-based work by drawing on seminal work in the philosophy of social science, particularly the debate between methodological individualism and collectivism. We argue that a number of explanatory anomalies as well as the apparent lack of progress in capabilities-based work are partly due to much of capabilities-based work being based on collectivist notions that sidestep critical individual-level considerations, including individual action and heterogeneity. In this note we do not deny or reject the notion of routines or capabilities per se, but rather call for an increased emphasis on how these collective structures originate and change as a result of individual actions. Key words: Organizational capabilities, methodological individualism, philosophy of social science en_US
dc.format.extent 21 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2004-005 en_US
dc.subject.other kep en_US
dc.title Methodological Individualism and the Organizational Capabilities Approach en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt04aug02 miel en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Ledelse, Politik og Filosofi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort CKG en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Center for Knowledge Governance en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort MPP en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort CKG en_US
dc.idnumber 8791506204 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2004 en_US


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