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Penrose Revisited: A Re-Appraisal of the Resource Perspective

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  • Iman Seoudi

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    (Faculty of Management Technology, The German University in Cairo)

  • Matthias Huehn

    (Faculty of Management Technology, The German University in Cairo)

  • Bo Carlsson

    (Department of Economics, Case Western Reserve University)

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    This paper presents a revision and re-structuring of the Resources/Capabilities/Competences (RCC) perspective, arguably the most important research program in strategy, based on a thorough epistemological analysis and a re-interpretation of Edith Penrose’s 1959 classic. Three distinct schools of thought are identified and differentiated according to a set of dimensions spanning the epistemological, methodological and conceptual domains. The three schools are: 1) The rational-equilibrium school; 2) the behavioral-evolutionary school; 3) the constructionist school. For each school, the pertinent literature is briefly reviewed followed by an in-depth analysis of the underlying theoretical framework. Important implications are drawn for scientific progress in the field.

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    Paper provided by The German University in Cairo, Faculty of Management Technology in its series Working Papers with number 14.

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    Length: 43 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2008
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    Keywords: Epistemology; Resource Based View; Core Competences; Dynamic Capabilities; Strategy;

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