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Chapter 4: Antecedents and Affinities: Business Strategy and Institutional Theory

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Antecedents and Affinities: Business Strategy and Institutional Theory
Antecedents and affinities: Business strategy and institutional theory

This chapter continues our discussion of the theories, research programs, and traditions that resource-advantage theory draws on and shares affinities with. Here, the focus is on business strategy and institutional theory. Again, I review only those portions that are directly relevant to R-A theory and point readers toward more comprehensive reviews.

Business Strategy

Modern business strategy traces to the works on administrative policy of Kenneth Andrews and his colleagues at Harvard (Andrews 1971/1980/1987; Christensen et al. 1982; Learned et al. 1965). Viewing business strategy as the match a business makes between its internal resources and skills and the opportunities and risks created by its external environment, they developed the SWOT framework: Strengths, ...

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