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In defence of the case study methodology for research into strategy practice

are of equal, if not greater, importance ( Perry, 1998 ). The choice of case sites should involve discretion and judgement ( Amaratunga and Baldry, 2001 ). Cases should be selected for their ability to contribute to the overall investigation rather than a logic predicated on convenience ( Poulis et al., 2013 ; Stake, 1995 ). The identification of a population of possible case study sites is a good starting point and is crucial to the case selection process. An appropriate population ‘helps to define the limits for generalising the findings’ ( Eisenhardt, 1989 : 537

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Microfoundations of dynamic capabilities for innovation: a review and research agenda

interact with the resource base to ‘reconfigure’ and ‘refresh’ existing resources and ‘create’ new ones ( Ambrosini and Bowman, 2009 : 29). These capabilities therefore enable the organisation to ‘reflexively revisit’ what it does in changing environments ( Felin and Foss, 2009 : 161). While no doubt significant, the precise relationship between innovation and dynamic capabilities remains somewhat contested ( Breznik and Hisrich, 2014 ). Wang and Ahmed (2007) conceptualise innovation capability as a ‘critical component’ of dynamic capability. Early work by Lawson

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Claiming too much, delivering too little: testing some of Hofstede’s generalisations

critically calls the ‘cultural dope’ concept (1967: 66). But even in ‘total institutions’ – in comparison with which national industrial relations are far less controlled – there is room for reflexivity (Goffman, 1957). Decision-making when it involves choices between mutually exclusive courses of action generates unpredictability. The future depends on decisions as yet unmade. Would the World be the same, for instance, even if one of the assassination attempts on Adolph Hitler had succeeded? The social world is characterized not only by constancies and path

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Performing rurality. But who?

other words. Essays towards a reflexive sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press. Braidotti, R., 2006: Posthuman, all too human: Towards a new process ontology. In: Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 23(7-8), pp. 197-208. Brauer, R. and Dymitrow, M., 2014: Quality of life in rural areas: A topic for the Rural Development policy? In: Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, Vol. 25, pp. 25-54. DOI: Brauer, R. and Dymitrow, M., 2017a: Understanding conceptual vestigiality within social

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