Organizational context as a moderator of theories on firm boundaries for technology sourcing

H. Kevin Steensma, Kevin G. Corley

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Three research theories used to explain firm boundaries are transaction cost economics, an options perspective, and a resource-based view of the firm. Our integrated model addresses the degree to which each of these three perspectives explains firm boundaries for technology sourcing is contingent on managerial risk taking, which is partly determined by organizational context. Our results suggest that, in general, management stockholdings, firm risk orientation, and slack resource availability moderate the extent to which the perceived threat of opportunism, the threat of commercial failure, and opportunity for sustainable advantage all influence firm boundaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-291
Number of pages21
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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