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Changing assumptions and progressive change in theories of strategic organization

Foss, Nicolai J. and Hallberg, Niklas Lars LU (2017) In Strategic Organization 15(3). p.410-422
Abstract
A commonly held view is that strategic organization theories progress as a result of a Popperian process of bold conjectures and systematic refutations. However, our field also witnesses vibrant debates or disputes about the specific assumptions that our theories rely on, and although these debates are often decoupled from the results of empirical testing, changes in assumptions seem closely intertwined with theoretical progress. Using the case of the resource-based view, we suggest that progressive change in theories of strategic organization may come about as a result of scholarly debate and dispute over what constitute proper assumptions—even in the absence of corroborating or falsifying empirical evidence. We also discuss how changing... (More)
A commonly held view is that strategic organization theories progress as a result of a Popperian process of bold conjectures and systematic refutations. However, our field also witnesses vibrant debates or disputes about the specific assumptions that our theories rely on, and although these debates are often decoupled from the results of empirical testing, changes in assumptions seem closely intertwined with theoretical progress. Using the case of the resource-based view, we suggest that progressive change in theories of strategic organization may come about as a result of scholarly debate and dispute over what constitute proper assumptions—even in the absence of corroborating or falsifying empirical evidence. We also discuss how changing assumptions may drive future progress in the resource-based view. (Less)
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capabilities, dynamic capabilities, firm performance, industrial economics, strategy content, resource-based view
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Strategic Organization
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15
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13 pages
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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1476-1270
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10.1177/1476127016671099
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  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Strategic Organization},
  title        = {Changing assumptions and progressive change in theories of strategic organization},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1476127016671099},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2017},
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