Rethinking dynamic capabilities from a creative action perspective

MacLean, D., MacIntosh, R. and Seidl, D. (2015) Rethinking dynamic capabilities from a creative action perspective. Strategic Organization, 13(4), pp. 340-352. (doi:10.1177/1476127015593274)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacLean, Professor Donald
Authors: MacLean, D., MacIntosh, R., and Seidl, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Strategic Organization
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1476-1270
ISSN (Online):1741-315X

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