History-informed Strategy Research: The Promise of History and Historical Research Methods in Advancing Strategy Scholarship

Nicholas S. Argyres, Alfredo De Massis, Nicolai J. Foss*, Federico Frattini, Geoffrey Jones, Brian S. Silverman

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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The last decade has witnessedan increasing interest in the use of history and histori-cal research methods in strategy research. We discusshow and why history and historical research methodscan enrich theoretical explanations of strategy phenom-ena. In addition, we introduce the notions of“history-informed strategy research,”distinguishing betweenthe dimensions of“history to theory”and“history intheory”and discussing various under-utilized methodsthat may further work on history-informed strategyresearch. We then discuss how contemporary researchcontributes to history-informed research within thestrategy field, examine key methodological and empiri-cal challenges associated with such research, anddevelop an agenda for future research.
TidsskriftStrategic Management Journal
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)343-368
Antal sider26
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2020

Bibliografisk note

Published online: December 6, 2019


  • Firm identity
  • Historical research methods
  • History-informed strategy research
  • Small-N research
  • The role of the past