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Exploring Micro-Foundations of Dynamic Capabilities: Insights from a Case Study in the Engineering Sector

  • This paper makes a contribution to the discussion on microfoundations of dynamic capabilities – actions and interactions in organizations that enable continuous organizational renewal. More specifically, we propose the idea that dynamic capabilities of an organization are a positive function of corresponding dynamic capabilities of individual and collective actors in the organization. Further, we develop the assumption that not only individual acts of managers but also of individuals and teams without managerial responsibility relate to dynamic capabilities of the organization. Following a holistic view, we also take into consideration empowering working conditions as enhancing factor of this function. To examine these roots of dynamic capabilities, we use a multi level model of competence provided by Wilkens, Keller and Schmette (2006) that operationalizes the concept of dynamic capabilities provided by Teece (2007) on a concisely behavioural base. We investigated our hypotheses with a standardized questionnaire in a case study of a German plant engineering company with 112 participants and found first support for our assumptions. Our results show an impact of individual dynamic capabilities on dynamic capabilities of the organization which is mediated by team dynamic capabilities. Psychological and social-structural empowerment moderated this relationship. A case-specific interpretation and implications for future research and practice are discussed.

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Author:Nicole Sprafke, Kai Externbrink, Uta Wilkens
Parent Title (English):Research in Competence Based Management
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/01/11
Year of first Publication:2012
Publishing Institution:Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen
Release Date:2024/01/11
Tag:dynamic capabilities; empowerment; managerial vs. non-managerial actors; microfoundations; multi-level model of competence
First Page:117
Last Page:152
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das Urheberrechtsgesetz

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