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Skillful PerformanceEnacting Capabilities, Knowledge, Competence, and Expertise in Organizations$
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Jörgen Sandberg, Linda Rouleau, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806639.001.0001

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Rethinking Dynamic Capabilities

Rethinking Dynamic Capabilities

How Differences in Understanding the Dynamic Capabilities Construct May Be Reconciled through Process Research

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(p.160) 8 Rethinking Dynamic Capabilities
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Skillful Performance
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Margaret Peteraf

Haridimos Tsoukas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806639.003.0008

This chapter discusses the development path of the dynamic capabilities construct, calling attention to two ways in which the path has become bifurcated. In particular it pays attention to the widening chasm between Teece’s original conception of dynamic capabilities and his revised conception, as expressed in some of his more recent works. The roots of these divergent, and yet theoretically consequential understandings are explored, as are the ways they have developed in the literature: the need to reconcile the routine nature of dynamic capabilities on the one hand with the need to account for the ability of organizations to intentionally alter their resource base on the other. The chapter argues that such a reconciliation is possible, once a process (or performative) approach is adopted. In particular, the authors argue that in so far as capabilities fully exist in performance, each particular performance may enact capabilities differently over time and in particular contexts.

Keywords:   dynamic capabilities, operational capabilities, process, enactment, performance, strategy

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