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How Capability Reconfiguration in Coping With External Dynamism Can Shape the Performance of the Vietnamese Enterprises

Huy-Cuong Vo-Thai, Shihmin Lo and My-Linh Tran

SAGE Open, 2021, vol. 11, issue 3, 21582440211032666

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine the direct and moderating effects of internal endowment and external dynamism on capability reconfiguration, which in turn has a positive impact on a firm’s post-reconfiguration performance. A researcher-designed survey questionnaire was developed based on multiple works and subsequently administered with a final sample of 266 Vietnamese small and medium enterprises engaged in manufacturing industries. As a result, we find that internal endowment and external dynamism positively impact a firm’s capability reconfiguration and post-reconfiguration performance consequently. This empirical research provides four major contributions that supplement the extant literature. First, the internal endowment sponsored by resource abundance and absorptive capacity enables both a firm’s capability evolution and capability substitution. Second, the external dynamism in terms of market turbulence, technology turbulence, and competitive intensity directly affects the enterprise’s capability reconfiguration and positively moderates the relationship between internal endowment and capability reconfiguration. Third, this study demonstrates that the firm’s engagement on capability reconfiguration once in line with external and internal factors can help maintain its post-reconfiguration performance. Finally, the primary data collected in Vietnam offers a firsthand investigation of the catching-up economy to be compared with the research findings available in developed countries.

Keywords: capability reconfiguration; dynamic capabilities; small and medium enterprises; Vietnam; structural equation modeling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/21582440211032666

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