Introduction to Special Topic Forum on Developing the Dynamic Capabilities of Global Companies Across Levels and Locations
Global Strategy Journal, 2016
9 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2017
Date Written: June 7, 2016
The call for papers for this special issue of Global Strategy Journal noted that research on dynamic capabilities (DCs) has tended to ignore the effect of context. There is a clear need for more studies that explicitly consider the contexts in which DCs are developed and exercised. A context could be defined in many ways, such as an industry, a time period, or even a strategic orientation. One important context is the nation-state — or an equivalent economic unit, such as a regional bloc or local ecosystem — the multinational enterprise (MNE) is a natural laboratory for observing how DCs cross (contextual) borders. Yet, as the CFP observed, most studies of global firms are “based on a single country context, and typically with little or no focus on the context” as such. Put metaphorically, an increasing number of capabilities studies are telling us what makes some water creatures better swimmers, but it doesn’t tell us whether they can thrive on land.
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