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DYNAMIC CAPABILITIES IN THE PRESENCE OF A STRATEGIC PARADOX

Toshiro Wakayama () and Karen LaPierre
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Toshiro Wakayama: International University of Japan, http://www.iuj.ac.jp/
Karen LaPierre: Takasaki City University of Economics

No EMS_2015_01, Working Papers from Research Institute, International University of Japan

Abstract: Prior research in dynamic capabilities has seldom addressed the question of how they operate over time in the presence of conflicting objectives of a strategic paradox, particularly beyond the exploration-exploitation contention. In the context of aggregation-adaptation paradox, we have collected and analyzed a large number of specific activities and changes in the resource base through an in-depth case study based on 46 interviews and other data sources. Our findings reveal new conceptual insights on the process side of dynamic capabilities: coevolutionary interplay between pro-aggregation and pro-adaptation changes in the resource base, paradox-enacting dynamic capabilities at the level of discrete activities with differing blends of aggregation and adaptation, and organizational constructs for paradox-enacting dynamic capabilities which are in stark contrast to known forms of organizational ambidexterity.

Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2015-05
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