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Beyond appearances - Do dynamic capabilities of innovative firms actually differ?
Lappeenranta University of Technology, School of Business.
Lappeenranta University of Technology, School of Business.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media, Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5836-577X
2012 (English)In: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, E-ISSN 1873-5681, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 141-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Dynamic capabilities are the higher-order capabilities needed for changing operational-level capabilities and learning in new domains, and thus they are critical for innovation activities. The aim of this study is to explore heterogeneity of dynamic capabilities in a comparative setting. We chose four innovative case firms representing a single industry, namely magazine publishing. The similarity of the cases provided a solid foundation for comparing their dynamic capabilities. Based on the results it seems that the practices comprising sensing capabilities are likely to be similar across firms within a single industry, while practices comprising seizing and reconfiguring types of capabilities may differ more between companies. Thus dynamic capabilities have both idiosyncratic and common features across an industry. These findings are relevant to practicing managers in that they illustrate that competing companies within the same industry tend to develop similar types of practices to match the changing requirement of the operating environment. Hence, managers should not be falsely comforted by the current situation within their firms, but proactively develop their unique capabilities to gain advantage over their competitors.

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2012. Vol. 30, no 2, p. 141-155
Keywords [en]
Innovation activities, Dynamic capabilities, Publishing industry, Case study
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-16790DOI: 10.1016/j.emj.2011.10.005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857442331Local ID: IHHMarketingIS, IHHMMTCISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-16790DiVA, id: diva2:459730
Available from: 2011-12-09 Created: 2011-11-28 Last updated: 2018-10-15Bibliographically approved

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