Dynamic capabilities, creative action and poetics

MacLean, D. (2017) Dynamic capabilities, creative action and poetics. Revista de Administração de Empresas, 57(3), pp. 264-272. (doi: 10.1590/s0034-759020170307)

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Research on dynamic capabilities explores how businesses change enables enterprises to remain competitive. However, theory on dynamic capabilities still struggles to capture novelty, the essence of change. This study argues that a full understanding of strategic change requires us to sharpen our focus on real people and experiences; in turn, we must incorporate other faculties, which almost always operate alongside our logical ones, into our theory. We must pay more attention to the "non-rational" sides of ourselves-including, but not limited to, our imaginations, intuitions, attractions, biographies, preferences, and aesthetic faculties and capabilities. We argue that all such faculties, on the one hand, are central to our abilities to comprehend and cope with complexity and, on the other hand, foster novel understandings, potential responses, and social creativity. This study introduces the possibility of an alternative form of inquiry that highlights the role of poetic faculties in strategic behavior and change.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacLean, Professor Donald
Authors: MacLean, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Revista de Administração de Empresas
Publisher:Fundacao Getulio Varagas
ISSN (Online):2178-938X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in Revista de Administração de Empresas 57(3):264-272
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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