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Accounting for Human Capital and Organizational Effectiveness  

Robin Kramar, Vijaya Murthy, and James Guthrie

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
This article discusses how the shift to a knowledge-based economy has propelled firms' human capital (HC) and associated intellectual resources to center stage. It notes that while ... More

After the Collapse: A Behavioral Theory of Reputation Repair  

Mooweon Rhee and Tohyun Kim

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Jul 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reports a behavioural theory of reputation repair with a focus on the behavioural mechanisms underlying an organisation's response to a reputation-damaging event. The ... More

Aligning Human Capital with Organizational Needs  

David P. Lepak, Riki Takeuchi, and Juani Swart

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
This article focuses on the alignment between human capital (HC) and organizational needs. It focuses on the question of how alignment between HC and organizational strategy influences ... More

Alliances and Joint Ventures: The Role Of Partner Selection From An Embeddedness Perspective  

Tina Dacin, Douglas Reid, and Peter Smith Ring

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article defines collaborations between firms that involve the creation of a separate, autonomous, and legally recognized firm — a ‘newco’ — as a joint venture. Joint ventures usually, ... More

Analyzing Internal and Competitor Competences: Resources, Capabilities, and Management Processes  

Ron Sanchez

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Apr 2006
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Sep 2009
This article aims to explain the concept of organizational competences and its central role in contemporary strategic thinking about how a firm creates competitive advantages, to clarify ... More

Approaching Business and the Environment with Complexity Theory  

David Levy and Benyamin Lichtenstein

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
This article explores the contribution of complexity theory to the understanding of business and the natural environment (B&NE), concentrating on climate change. It uses the term ... More

Beyond Convergence and Divergence: Explaining Variations in Organizational Practices and Forms  

Chris Smith

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May 2006
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Sep 2009
This article outlines different approaches to the analysis of contemporary capitalism and considers what role they allocate to the business organization. Three distinct positions are ... More

Boom and Bust Behavior: On the Persistence of Strategic Decision Biases  

Michael Shayne Gary, Giovanni Dosi, and Dan Lovallo

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2009
This article examines the underlying cognitive and behavioral factors responsible for strategic decisions driving B&B dynamics, discusses the reasons firms do not learn to avoid boom and ... More

The Boundary of the Firm  

Martin Slater

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Apr 2006
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Sep 2009
This article has various aims: to demonstrate that the central concept of a ‘firm’ is more complicated than might immediately appear; to examine various explanations that have been put ... More

The Building Blocks of Corporate Reputation: Definitions, Antecedents, Consequences  

Charles J. Fombrun

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Jul 2012
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Nov 2012
This article explores seven principal reference frames that have guided theorising about corporate reputations. The seven conceptual frameworks, namely institutional theory, agenda-setting ... More

Business Model Design: A Dynamic Capability Perspective  

Raphael Amit and Christoph Zott

The rapidly changing economic landscape, coupled with transformational advances in information and communication technologies, presents many challenges to managers of large and small ... More

Business Schools And Consultancies: The Blurring Of Boundaries  

Lars Engwall

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
This article examines three features of the relationship between consulting firms and business schools. The discussion focuses mostly on strategy consultancies, which is where the ... More

Capability Building in Business Groups  

Mauro F. Guillén

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2010
The rise of large, diversified business groups in developing and newly industrialized countries has captured the imagination of academics, journalists, and policy-makers. This article ... More

Change, Dynamics, and Temporality in Inter‐organizational Relationships  

Steve Cropper and Ian Palmer

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
Since organizational research started systematically to look beyond the single organization at the character and significance of inter-organizational relationships (IOR), there has been a ... More

The Client In The Client–Consultant Relationship  

Robin Fincham

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
The client-related and client-focused nature of management consultancy work is widely considered as one of its defining characteristics, but the various interpretations of the client ... More

Client Relationships in Professional Service Firms  

Joseph Broschak

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Aug 2015
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Oct 2015
This chapter reviews the research literature on professional service firm–client relationships. Client relationships are a defining feature of professional service firms, but are also ... More

Cognitively Skilled Organizational Decision Making: Making Sense of Deciding  

Julia Balogun, Annie Pye, and Gerard P. Hodgkinson

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2009
This article aims to bring the organizational cognition approach to decision making together with a sensemaking perspective on deciding, in an endeavor to bring real people and processes ... More

Competitive Strategy and the Environment: A Field of Inquiry Emerges  

Michael V. Russo and Amy Minto

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
This article evaluates the literature that bridges business strategy and the environmental imperative. The literature on how environmentally oriented strategies influence profitability is ... More

Consultants And Clients From Constructivist Perspectives  

Barbara Czarniawska and Carmelo Mazza

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on (social) constructivist perspectives on management consulting. It notes that while this perspective has been considered as a marginal issue, it may also provide ... More

Consultants And Organization Concepts  

Stefan Heusinkveld and Jos Benders

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
This article explores the role of organization concepts in management consulting work. It differentiates the supply-side perspective from the demand-side perspective, and discusses the ... More

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