The Cultural Roots of Compositional Capability in China: Balanced Moderation

Steven Shijin Zhou, Peter Ping Li, Abby Jingzi Zhou*, Shameen Prashantham

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A large number of Chinese firms lack the resources for having competitive advantages. Under this severe constraint, such firms are forced to find new paths toward developing certain competitive advantages, including the ability to combine ordinary resources into novel competitive advantages, which is referred to as compositional capability. Such a special capability underlying novel competitive advantages is related to certain cultural factors, such as the Chinese cultural tradition in the case of China. However, the potential links between compositional capability and the Chinese cultural tradition remain poorly understood and largely unspecified. This paper responds to the call for more research on identifying relevant cultural factors by explicating the inherent connections between compositional capability and the Chinese cultural value of balanced moderation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1217-1237
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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Published online: 3. June 2019


  • Compositional capability
  • Cultural root
  • Balanced moderation
  • China

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