New Foss Thought Piece

14 January 2009 at 6:47 am 1 comment

| Nicolai Foss |

I blatantly confess that I enjoy writing what are known in academic putdown-ese as “essays” or “thought pieces,” that is, “conceptual” papers that do not construct a theoretical model, and/or engage in empirical analysis. My most recent product in this genre is inelegantly titled, “Alternative Research Strategies in the Knowledge Movement: From Macro Bias to Micro-Foundations and Multi-level Explanation.” It is an invited paper for European Management Review (the other invited contributors are David Teece, Bronwyn Hall and Will Mitchell). Mail me at if you want a copy. Here is the abstract:

The emergence over the last two decades or so of “knowledge” as an important part of the explanatory structure of management research is an intellectual breakthrough that is comparable in terms of its transforming impact to the behavioral revolution of the 1960s. A veritable “knowledge movement” has emerged that spans several fields in management. I take stock on alternative research strategies with that movement, distinguishing between “capabilities first,” “networks first,” and “individuals first” strategies. Reasons are given why more research attention need to be allocated to the latter strategy if the knowledge movement is to continue making progress, but that the aim should ultimately be to reach towards multi-level research that combines aggregate constructs with top-down processes and bottom-up processes.

Entry filed under: - Foss -, Management Theory, Papers, Recommended Reading, Strategic Management.

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  • 1. Warren Miller  |  15 January 2009 at 12:01 am

    Nicolai, I’ve tried twice to email you to request that paper. Both times I have gotten the following msg. in response:

    Error transferring to dkcphmx34.softcom.DK; SMTP Protocol Returned a Permanent Error 552 Unable to process message: msg.1231995515.406328.11688 – error: recipient: failed, reason: consider the message to be spam

    I don’t know how to overcome that. Would you please be kind enough to email me a copy of your latest ‘thought piece’? Thanks in advance.

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