Journal Article

The behavioral and evolutionary roots of dynamic capabilities

Felix Arndt and Lamar Pierce

in Industrial and Corporate Change

Volume 27, issue 2, pages 413-424
Published in print April 2018 | ISSN: 0960-6491
Published online November 2017 | e-ISSN: 1464-3650 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtx042
The behavioral and evolutionary roots of dynamic capabilities

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Abstract

Although the dynamic capabilities framework has proved important for explaining long-term competitive advantage, some scholars have attacked it as lacking theoretical underpinnings. In this article, we clarify the lineage of the “dynamics” in the dynamic capabilities framework from the non-strategic model of Cyert and March to the dynamic evolutionary theory of the firm in Nelson and Winter that enabled the initial breakthrough of Teece, Pisano, and Shuen. We explain that the theoretical schism in dynamic capabilities between the tradition of Eisenhardt and Martin and that of Teece and colleagues can be traced to their relative emphasis on behavioral versus evolutionary theories. Finally, we provide a brief overview of implications for emergent topics and empirical research, along with ideas for future research.

Keywords: L; M; N; O

Journal Article.  7701 words. 

Subjects: Industrial Organization ; Business and Management ; Economic History ; Economic Development and Growth

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