Erkenntnis

, Volume 73, Issue 3, pp 385–391 | Cite as

Causal and Constitutive Relations, and the Squaring of Coleman’s Diagram: Reply to Vromen

Original Article

Abstract

We respond to Jack Vromen’s (this issue) critique of our discussion of the missing micro-foundations of work on routines and capabilities in economics and management research. Contrary to Vromen, we argue that (1) inter-level relations can be causal, and that inter-level causal relations may also obtain between routines and actions and interactions; (2) there are no macro-level causal mechanisms; and (3) on certain readings of the notion of routines and capabilities, these may be macro causes.

Keywords

Constitutive Relation Causal Relation Strategic Management Macro Level Organizational Routine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Economics and StrategyCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Management, School of EconomicsManagerial Economics and Strategy GroupLondonUK
  3. 3.Organizational Leadership and Strategy, Marriott SchoolBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  4. 4.Center for Strategic Management and GlobalizationCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  5. 5.Department of Strategy and ManagementNorwegian School of Economics and Business AdministrationBergenNorway

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