Boundary objects as the missing link in resources orchestration:
an exploratory study of Dassault Mirage IV and Rafale programs
Authors: David W. VERSAILLES and Valerie MERINDOL
Title (EN): "Boundary objects as the missing link in resources orchestration:
an exploratory study of Dassault Mirage IV and Rafale programs"
Title (FR): "[Les objets frontières comme lien manquant dans l'orchestration des ressrouces:
une étude exploratoire des programmes Mirage IV et Rafale de Dassault Aviation]"
Journal: Management International (Canada)
Ref: vol 23, nb 4, pp 102-117
Abstract (EN): In this contribution, we investigate the use of boundary objects (Star and Griesemer) for the orchestration of resources (Teece).
We propose a comparative case study elaborating on two Dassault Aviation military fighters under an abductive approach. In this contribution, we
elaborate on the micro-foundations approach. Our contribution discusses several properties of boundary objects in relation with the orchestration
of resources: type, granularity, openness, malleability, and completeness. We conclude that boundary objects are critical to orchestration.
Their properties explain why they diversely impact on sensing, seizing and reconfiguring. They elaborate on knowledge articulation and teamwork,
and require specific ways of working.
Unpacking the constituents of dynamic capabilities: a microfoundations perspective
Authors: David W. VERSAILLES and Nicolai J. FOSS
Title (EN):"Unpacking the constituents of dynamic capabilities: a microfoundations perspective"
Title (FR): "[xxx]"
Ref: vol 23, nb 14, pp. 18-29
Abstract (EN): This position paper updates about methodological and epistemological issues on the micro-foundations perspective. We propose
that conceptual divergences between the different streams of contributions to dynamic capabilities (DCs) research (the Eisenhardt versus Teece divide)
hide discrepancies about methodological aspects, and about the locus of DCs. We zoom out from current epistemological debates about the microfoundations
to explain the necessity of multi-level approaches, and to clarify the interpretation of the Boudon-Coleman “bathtub”. We elaborate on these aspects to
explain how to enhance research on DCs, and more generally in strategic management. We discuss specific issues in relation with the selection of units of
analysis and with the elaboration of field research protocols. We also propose practical recommendations adhering to the micro-foundations approach.
Keywords (EN): Dynamic capabilities, Resource orchestration, Research heuristics, Microfoundations, Methodology of the social sciences,
Situational analysis, Methodological individualism.