Microfoundations for Strategy: A Goal-Framing Perspective on the Drivers of Value Creation

Nicolai J. Foss, Siegwart Lindenberg

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    Scholars increasingly seek to proffer microfoundations for macro management theory, notably strategic management theory. These microfoundations naturally revolve around human resources. We argue that proper microfoundations for strategic management theory must recognize that the management of motivation is first and foremost a matter of the management of cognitions of organizational members, an insight we found in goal-framing theory, an emerging perspective based on cognitive science, behavioral economics, and social psychology. Building on this insight, we argue that a key reason why strategic goals matter to firm performance—that is, firm-level value creation and value capture and sustained competitive heterogeneity—is that such goals influence value creation rooted in employee motivations. Unfolding this idea allows us to generate new insight into the relations among value creation, strategic leadership, and strategic goals.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftAcademy of Management Perspectives
    Vol/bind27
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)85-102
    ISSN1558-9080
    StatusUdgivet - maj 2013

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