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Assessing dynamic capabilities: Mintzberg’s schools of thought

F. Arndt
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 42, No 1 | a484 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v42i1.484 | © 2018 F. Arndt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 October 2018 | Published: 31 March 2011

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F. Arndt, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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A growing body of research in strategic management has focused on dynamic capabilities as a central source of firms' competitive advantage. The theoretical roots of dynamic capabilities can be found in many of the schools of thought identified by Mintzberg, Ahlstrand and Lampel (1998). In this paper, we identify three aspects of dynamic capabilities that, we believe, require more detailed attention: Process, cognitive and decision-based micro-foundations, and human agency. We explore each of these areas from an evolutionary perspective to emphasize the fact that dynamic capability is essentially an evolutionary construct. By highlighting the evolutionary implications of these areas, we add important detail to the way “evolution” has been used in this field of research.

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