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Competence-based Management in Cross-border Settings: Organizational Learning, Strategy and Governance


8th SKM Symposium jointly held with the
2nd Conference on Competence-based Strategic Management


September 17th - 20th, 2013

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg/Germany


Competence-based strategic management (CBSM) is an approach to management that rests on Austrian Market Process Theory (von Mises, 1949) as well as on recent approaches from strategic management theory and additionally encompasses an evolutionary perspective (Penrose, 1959, Schumpeter, 1934, Veblen, 1898) on management processes. Building on the resource-based view (Barney, 1991, Rumelt, 1984, Wernerfelt, 1984) and the dynamic capability approach (Teece, 2007, Teece, Pisano & Shuen, 1997), CBSM employs an idiosyncratic perspective on designing and implementing processes to foster competence building and leveraging on the individual level, the group level, and the (inter-) organizational level.

Rapid environmental changes – e.g. a growing convergence of customer needs, more and more close linkages between national markets, the ongoing development of IT, a changing role of distance in cross-border business activities as well as a growing importance of service orientation in business – cause a need for firms to react to these developments. In other words: the corporate ability to successfully handle these challenges is to a large extent determined by the run of competence-development processes as these processes and its outcomes seem to determine the managerial discretion of firms in influencing the change processes that take place on a firm external level. Nevertheless, cross-border issues of coordination as well as competence building and competence leveraging that affect governance designs, strategic decision-making and organizational learning processes have up to now not taken a center stage in research. The aim of this conference is to shed light on these particular competence-development processes that help firms to deal with environmental changes from different perspectives. Therefore, the symposium is organized in eight parallel tracks (one general track and seven special tracks) that follow the aim to shed light on the run of competence-development processes in firms from different viewpoints:


Track 1: Theory Development in Competence-based Strategic Management
Track Chair: Jörg Freiling, University of Bremen (Germany)
Track 2: Governance of Organizational Learning Processes
Track Chair: Sven M. Laudien, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany)
Track 3: Public Sector Influence on Firm Competence Development
Track Chair: Eduardo Tomé, Universidade Lusíada Vila Nova de Famalicao (Portugal)
Track 4: Dynamic Capabilities and Firm Competence Development
Track Chair: Wolfgang H. Güttel, Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria)
Track 5: International Entrepreneurship: A Competence-based Perspective
Track Chair: Matthias Raith, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany)
Track 6: Business Model Innovation: A Competence-based Perspective
Track Chair: Patrick Spieth, Kassel University (Germany) and EBS – European Business School (Germany)
Track 7: Corporate Social Responsibility and Competence-based Strategic Management
Track Chair: Aimé Heene, Ghent University (Belgium)
Track 8: An Entrepreneurship and Real Options View on Competences
Track Co-Chairs: Kalevi Kyläheiko & Mikael Collan, Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)