An attention-based view of real options reasoning

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Real options reasoning assumes timely and effective managerial decision making yet does not address managers' ability to provide it. An attention-based view describes managerial behavior under varying structural conditions. I examine real options reasoning from an attention-based view. I develop several testable propositions regarding the effects of a firm's particular concrete and contextual attention structures on the ways in which its managers notice, champion, acquire, maintain, exercise, and abandon the various real options within its portfolio. I conclude with implications for future empirical research on real options reasoning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)606-628
Number of pages23
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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