Individuals and Organizations: Thoughts on a Micro-Foundations Project for Strategic Management and Organizational Analysis

SMG Working Paper No. 2/2006

52 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2007

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Teppo Felin

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation

Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

Making links between micro and macro levels has been problematic in the social sciences, and the literature in strategic management and organization theory is no exception. The purpose of this chapter is to raise theoretical issues in developing micro-foundations for strategic management and organizational analysis. We discuss more general problems with collectivism in the social sciences by focusing on specific problems in extant organizational analysis. We introduce micro-foundations to the literature by explicating the underlying theoretical foundations of the origins of individual action and interaction. We highlight opportunities for future research, specifically emphasizing the need for a rational choice program in management research.

JEL Classification: L2, M1

Suggested Citation

Felin, Teppo and Foss, Nicolai J., Individuals and Organizations: Thoughts on a Micro-Foundations Project for Strategic Management and Organizational Analysis (January 2006). SMG Working Paper No. 2/2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982095 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.982095

Teppo Felin

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Nicolai J. Foss (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation ( email )

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