On the Path Towards a Competence-Based Theory of the Firm

28 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2007

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Jörg Freiling

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Martin Gersch

Free University of Berlin (FUB); Ruhr Universität Bochum

Christian Goeke

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics

Date Written: December 2007

Abstract

Exploiting the potentials and tackling the problems of resource-based and competence-based research, this paper develops a proposal for a competence-based theory of the firm (CbTF). The CbTF is based on the fundamentals of market process theory and is independent from existing approaches to explaining the nature of the firm. The paper addresses the basics of the theory in terms of the philosophy of science by referring to the Lakatos model and CbTF's positioning in organization theory. The fundamental question of the nature of the firm is approached by the notion of an organizational 'ambiente' and by using findings of entrepreneurship research.

Keywords: Theory of the firm, philosophy of science, market process theory, competence-based view, organizational 'ambiente'

JEL Classification: D21, L22,

Suggested Citation

Freiling, Jörg and Gersch, Martin and Goeke, Christian, On the Path Towards a Competence-Based Theory of the Firm (December 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1046661 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1046661

Jörg Freiling (Contact Author)

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics ( email )

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Martin Gersch

Free University of Berlin (FUB) ( email )

Berlin, 12209
Germany

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Ruhr Universität Bochum ( email )

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Bochum, 44780
Germany

Christian Goeke

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics ( email )

Boltzmannstrasse 20
D-14195 Berlin, 14195
Germany

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