Session 212

Dynamic Capabilities

Track B

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Time: 08:00 – 09:15


Room: Londres

Session Chair:

  • William Bogner, Georgia State University

Title: Organizing for Performance: The Effect of Social Networks on Evolutionary Fitness


  • Karl Joachim Breunig, Oslo and Akershus University College

Abstract: This empirical paper addresses the role of individuals when organizations balance flexibility and stability to achieve evolutionary fitness. Evolutionary fitness constitutes a firm's ability to re-align its resource base with continuously changing external requirements and is suggested as the performance outcome of dynamic capabilities. A longitudinal cross-case comparison - of two similar firms that differ significantly in performance - identifies social networks as a possible explanation for their performance differences. A natural experiment confirms this. The study extends the dynamic capability perspective with the two concepts of articulation and reticulation. Articulation is addressed in extant literature on dynamic capabilities; however reticulation – literary meaning to build networks – is entirely new. The paper offer four propositions to explain how these two concepts are related to evolutionary fitness.

Title: Responsive Innovation: Using Networks of Key Stakeholders to Collectively Sense Issues


  • Carsten Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School

Abstract: Although the importance of stakeholder networks has been recognized in recent years, a non-teleological model that incorporates their collective sensing into innovation processes has so far not been developed. Hence, this paper argues that traditional linear and sequential innovation models are insufficient in hypercompetitive environments. Instead, it is proposed that companies should ground their innovation processes in the collective sensing of frontline-employees and customers that operate around the organizational periphery. This frames the concept of responsive innovation, where key stakeholders engaged in the organization’s ongoing business activities collectively identify issues that central managers subsequently can resolve.

Title: The Effect of Supply Networks Structural and Relational Properties on Dynamic Capabilities


  • Leila Alinaghian, University of Cambridge
  • Jagjit Srai, University of Cambridge

Abstract: From a supply network (SN) configuration perspective, the structure and quality of inter-organisational ties in terms of material, information and financial exchanges can facilitate or impede an organisation’s behavior and economic performance. This research aims to explore how structural and relational properties of the SN in which an organisation is situated may interact with each other in affecting a firms’ ability to sense, seize and transform new opportunities and needs for change (i.e., dynamic capabilities). Adopting a mechanism-centered and multi-case study based approach; propositions are built concerning the causal mechanisms by which a combination of SN configurational entities generates dynamic capabilities. Results suggest specific intrinsic and extrinsic conditions that accentuate these supply networks configuration relationships, both positive and negative, in the support of dynamic capabilities.

Title: The Role of Networking Capabilities for Sensing and Seizing of Innovation Opportunities in Nanotechnology


  • Olga Petricevic, University of Calgary
  • William Bogner, Georgia State University

Abstract: The main objective of this study is to examine how subsets of networking capabilities for sensing and for seizing of opportunities influence firm-level innovation outcomes. The main argument advanced here is that there are significant trade-offs among different networking capabilities for sensing and for seizing of innovation opportunities, especially in a context that transcends different disciplinary technological platforms and also requires interdisciplinary collaborative approaches, such as nanotechnology. These relationships are tested in the context of firms that actively patent in nanotechnology. The initial findings point to important trade-offs and the contingent value of networking collaborative capabilities, especially in nascent technological fields. The findings suggest that there are significant non-linear (inverted U-shape) effects of networking capabilities for sensing and for seizing of opportunities on innovation successes.

All Sessions in Track B...

Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 210: Community Engagement and Orchestration
Mon: 14:45 – 16:00
Session 202: Alliance Portfolios, Networks, and Innovation
Mon: 16:30 – 17:45
Session 211: Knowledge Transfer and Learning
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 212: Dynamic Capabilities
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 403: Understanding Network Structure and Characteristics
Tue: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 404: Innovation and Global Networks

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