Managing competition risk: A critical realist philosophical exploration

Ojiako, Udechukwu, Marshall, Alasdair, Luke, Michelle A and Chipulu, Max (2012) Managing competition risk: A critical realist philosophical exploration. Competition and Change, 16 (2). pp. 130-149. ISSN 1024-5294

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As firms act to meet competitive challenges, they separately vary their exposure to objectively real risks, and their subjective risk perceptions. Hence the ‘fit’ between each firm’s subjective risk map and its objective ‘riskscape’ is in constant flux. Realist thought, which emphasizes the separateness of mind from external reality, and sets itself the slow and painstaking task of improving the fit between the two, is therefore universally relevant for risk management. This simple ‘risk realism’ has value for academics wishing to analyse risk management practice and can provide useful working assumptions and procedural guidelines for practitioners. Mindful of both uses, this paper utilizes the philosophical thesis of critical realism to develop ontological and epistemological standpoints that relate specifically to what we call ‘competition risk’. Working from these standpoints we develop parallels between business and military engagements with competition risk. We explore what we treat as ontologically indistinct competition risk issues present across both contexts and conclude that firms can learn much from how the military deals with both ‘regular’ and ‘irregular’ forms of competition risk.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management > HD0061 Risk in industry. Risk in management
Depositing User: Michele Luke
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2012 16:38
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2012 16:38
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