The cultural relevance of the composition-based view

Yadong Luo

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In this article I offer my comments on the “Cultural Roots of Compositional Capability in China: Balanced Moderation” (Zhou, Li, Zhou, & Prashantham, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, forthcoming, 2019) that extends the composition-based view (CBV) originally developed by Luo and Child (Management and Organization Review, 11(3): 379-411, 2015). Uniting congruity with novelty and integrating internal and external learning are important cultural conduits for compositional capability. I illustrate some further thoughts into the social and cultural context of the CBV in a bid to foster continued research on this theory that explains the unique growth pathway for ordinary firms that lack strategic assets. I also discuss how the social and cultural context influences the balance between utilizing and possessing resources, between ordinary and distinctive capabilities, and between temporary and sustainable competitive advantages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-824
Number of pages10
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Composition-based view
  • Cultural context
  • Emerging market

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management


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