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Building micro-foundations for the routines, capabilities, and performance links

Abell, Peter, Felin, Teppo and Foss, Nicolai (2008) Building micro-foundations for the routines, capabilities, and performance links. Managerial and Decision Economics, 29 (6). pp. 489-502. ISSN 0143-6570

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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 presently 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 how these impact firm performance.

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Additional Information: © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2011 15:06

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