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Rethinking Dynamic Capabilities from a Creative Action Perspective


Seidl, David; MacLean, Donald; MacIntosh, Robert (2015). Rethinking Dynamic Capabilities from a Creative Action Perspective. Strategic Organization, 13(4):340-352.

Abstract

Dynamic capabilities research aims to explain how firms manage to change in order to sustain their competitive advantage. Yet, despite considerable progress, dynamic capabilities theorizing struggles to capture novelty, which lies at the heart of change. We argue that this is caused by inherent limitations of the ways in which human action has been conceptualized: dynamic capabilities theorizing to date is based on rational or normative notions of actions, neither of which account for novelty in action. Hence, we propose that to overcome this impasse dynamic capabilities research needs to incorporate a concept of creative action into its theoretical apparatus. We elaborate on the positioning of creative action relative to existing dynamic capabilities theorizing and outline its implications for future dynamic capabilities research.

Abstract

Dynamic capabilities research aims to explain how firms manage to change in order to sustain their competitive advantage. Yet, despite considerable progress, dynamic capabilities theorizing struggles to capture novelty, which lies at the heart of change. We argue that this is caused by inherent limitations of the ways in which human action has been conceptualized: dynamic capabilities theorizing to date is based on rational or normative notions of actions, neither of which account for novelty in action. Hence, we propose that to overcome this impasse dynamic capabilities research needs to incorporate a concept of creative action into its theoretical apparatus. We elaborate on the positioning of creative action relative to existing dynamic capabilities theorizing and outline its implications for future dynamic capabilities research.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Education
Social Sciences & Humanities > Industrial Relations
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Language:English
Date:5 July 2015
Deposited On:23 Aug 2019 14:53
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 03:34
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1741-315X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1476127015593274
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:12731

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