Building Micro-foundations for the Routines, Capabilities and Performance Links

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Building Micro-foundations for the Routines, Capabilities and Performance Links

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Title: Building Micro-foundations for the Routines, Capabilities and Performance Links
Author: Abell, Peter; Felin, Teppo; Foss, Nicolai J.
Abstract: Micro-foundations have become an important emerging theme in strategic management. This paper addresses micro-foundations in two related ways. First, we argue that the kind of macro (or “collectivist”) explanation that is utilized in the capabilities view in strategic management - which implies a neglect of micro-foundations in two related ways. First, we argue that the kind of macro (or "collectivist") explanation that is utilized in the capabilities view in strategic management - which implies a neglect of micro-foundations - is incomplete. There are no mechanisms that work solely on the macro-level, directly connecting routines and capabilities to firm-level outcomes. While routines and capabilities are useful shorthand for complicated patterns of individual action and interaction, ultimately they are best understood at the micro-level. Second, we provide a formal model that shows precisely why macro explanation is incomplete and which exemplifies how explicit micro-foundations may be built for notions of routines and capabilities and for how these impact firm performance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7873
Date: 2009-08-20

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