Management Control as a Meso-Foundation of Capabilities

16 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2010

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Norman T. Sheehan

University of Saskatchewan - Edwards School of Business

Hanno Roberts

BI Norwegian School of Management

Date Written: January 9, 2010

Abstract

The strategic management field has called for conceptual work on the foundations of capabilities. Given that the strategy field lacks a comprehensive explanation as to how managers can entice their employees to effectively deploy their capabilities, we draw on the management control literature. The paper moves beyond discussing incentives to a discussion of management control frameworks to examine what are the underlying, implicit elements impacting employee behavior. It proposes that the meso-level foundations of capabilities lie in the employee motivation literature which has been operationalized by two comprehensive management control frameworks.

Keywords: management controls, capabilities, meso-foundations, dynamic capabilities

JEL Classification: M40

Suggested Citation

Sheehan, Norman T. and Roberts, Hanno, Management Control as a Meso-Foundation of Capabilities (January 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1533870 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1533870

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