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Reframing the Compositional Capability: A Resource-Based View on ‘A Composition-Based View of Firm Growth’

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 September 2015

Henk W. Volberda
Affiliation:
Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Emre Karali
Affiliation:
Erasmus University, The Netherlands

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This commentary targets the core ideas of the composition-based view (CBV). First, we argue that the deployment of compositional capabilities (CCs) to combine ordinary resources fits the resource-based view (RBV) and that there is therefore no need for a CBV. Second, we argue that the CCs should be presented as a specific type of dynamic capability (DC). We show that even where ordinary resources are being combined, superior combinatory capabilities are needed as competitive advantage cannot otherwise be achieved. Third, we argue that Luo and Child (2015) focused too much on the emerging economy enterprises (EEEs) as the conceptual setting. We conclude with a future research agenda to prepare the ground for research on compositional capabilities within the composition-based view of the firm.

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Copyright © The International Association for Chinese Management Research 2015 

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