Managerial Meta-knowledge, Uncertainty, and Adaptation: Governance Choice when Firms do Not Know Their Capabilities

Henrik Jensen, Nicolai Juul Foss

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    "Managerial Meta-Knowledge, Uncertainty, and Adaptation: Governance Choice when Firms do not Know their Capabilities" Much research on economic organization (e.g., transaction cost economics) is based on an assumption that firms accurately know their own capabilities. In terms of what managers know about the resources of the firm (including employee knowledge) we argue that this amounts to an assumption of perfect managerial meta-knowledge. However, research streams on resource cognition, transaction memory and organizational self- knowledge suggests that this assumption is not in general warranted. We examine the implications for economic organization of less-than-perfect managerial meta-knowledge. Specifically, we show that imperfect managerial meta- knowledge is a cause of surprises in contractual relationships, affects the ability of coordinated adaptation, and an opportunism-independent driver of ex post transaction costs. We discuss implications for efficient governance choice of imperfect managerial meta-knowledge. Our study contributes to the ongoing cross-fertilization between the knowledge-based view and transaction cost economics.
    Antal sider44
    StatusUdgivet - 2014
    BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014: The Power of Words - Philadelphia, USA
    Varighed: 1 aug. 20145 aug. 2014
    Konferencens nummer: 74


    KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014