Session 32

Microfoundations of international strategic management: Opportunism, trust, and bounded reliability

Track G

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015


Time: 08:00 – 09:15

Interest Group Panel

Room: Director's Row H

Session Chair:

  • Liena Kano, University of Calgary


Much management research draws upon opportunism as a core assumption about the behaviour of economic actors, but the relevance of opportunism as a microfoundation of organizational research is debatable. Alternative micro-foundational assumptions are being explored by management scholars, although none have been widely adopted. One proposed alternative is trust, argued to reduce opportunism and, consequently, the need to control and coordinate transactions. In international business (IB), an alternative discourse has emerged: an envelope-concept of bounded reliability, broadly defined as an imperfect effort to make good on open ended commitments, either because of opportunism or because of benevolent preference reversal. In this panel we aim to explore conceptual development of microfoundational assumptions in IB theory, their interdependencies, and their applications to specific issues and situational contexts central to IB research. Our objective is to chart future research agenda on micro-foundations of IB to guide both theoretical development and empirical approaches.

All Sessions in Track G...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 32: Microfoundations of international strategic management: Opportunism, trust, and bounded reliability
Sun: 09:45 – 11:00
Session 279: Formal theory in strategy - A primer
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 33: Methodological challenges in publishing international strategy research
Sun: 16:15 – 17:30
Session 209: Institutions and Emerging Markets
Sun: 17:45 – 00:00
Session 315: Global Strategy Business Meeting
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 126: Entry Mode & Cross-Border Acquisitions
Mon: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 149: Management and Coordination of Multinationals
Mon: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 128: Emerging Markets
Mon: 16:45 – 18:00
Session 151: Networks and Collaborative Arrangements
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 129: Foreign Direct Investments
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 127: Institutional Context
Tue: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 266: Offshoring
Tue: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 130: International Diversification
Session 150: Location and Geography
Tue: 17:30 – 18:45
Session 208: Internationalization Strategies and Performance

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