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Thinking inside the box: linking dynamic capabilities to theories of action


MacLean, Donald; MacIntosh, Robert; Seidl, David (2012). Thinking inside the box: linking dynamic capabilities to theories of action. UZH Business Working Paper Series 310, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We argue that development of dynamic capabilities theory into a fully dynamic theory of strategy is inhibited by the operation of an incomplete set of perspectives on human action. Clarifying how human action is conceptualized, particularly as regards creativity and learning, might help strategy scholars to develop theory in ways that adequately address action at all levels of engagement in dynamic contexts, thereby turning existing contradictions into complementarities whilst accounting for issues of both content and process. By reorganizing existing literatures along action theoretic lines the paper reframes some of the difficulties in current theorizing, illustrates the value of this reframing by applying action theory to recent work on dynamic capabilities and proposes a rules-based framework as a potential integrating device for the field. The paper closes by highlighting the need for interdisciplinary research in strategy.

Abstract

We argue that development of dynamic capabilities theory into a fully dynamic theory of strategy is inhibited by the operation of an incomplete set of perspectives on human action. Clarifying how human action is conceptualized, particularly as regards creativity and learning, might help strategy scholars to develop theory in ways that adequately address action at all levels of engagement in dynamic contexts, thereby turning existing contradictions into complementarities whilst accounting for issues of both content and process. By reorganizing existing literatures along action theoretic lines the paper reframes some of the difficulties in current theorizing, illustrates the value of this reframing by applying action theory to recent work on dynamic capabilities and proposes a rules-based framework as a potential integrating device for the field. The paper closes by highlighting the need for interdisciplinary research in strategy.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:28 Aug 2019 14:08
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:42
Series Name:UZH Business Working Paper Series
Number of Pages:25
ISSN:2296-0422
OA Status:Green
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:8055

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