Dynamic Capabilities: Current Debates and Future Directions

8 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Mark Easterby-Smith

Lancaster University - Management School

Marjorie A. Lyles

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship

Margaret A. Peteraf

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business

Abstract

The field of dynamic capabilities has developed very rapidly over the last ten years. In this paper we discuss the evolution of the concept, and identify two major current debates around the nature of dynamic capabilities and their consequences. We then review recent progress as background to identifying the contributions of the seven papers in this special issue, and discuss the relative merits of qualitative and quantitative studies for investigating dynamic capabilities. We conclude with recommendations for future research arguing for more longitudinal studies which can examine the processes of dynamic abilities over time, and for studies in diverse industries and national contexts.

Suggested Citation

Easterby-Smith, Mark and Lyles, Marjorie A. and Peteraf, Margaret A., Dynamic Capabilities: Current Debates and Future Directions. British Journal of Management, Vol. 20, Issue s1, pp. S1-S8, March 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1375866 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2008.00609.x

Mark Easterby-Smith (Contact Author)

Lancaster University - Management School ( email )

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Marjorie A. Lyles

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Margaret A. Peteraf

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business ( email )

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Hanover, NH 03755
United States
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603-646-0995 (Fax)

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