How do Firms Adapt to Discontinous Change? Bridging the Dynamic Capabilitities and Ambidexterity Perspectives

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Reference

Birkinshaw, J., Zimmermann, A., & Raisch, S. (2016). How do Firms Adapt to Discontinous Change? Bridging the Dynamic Capabilitities and Ambidexterity Perspectives. California Management Review, 58(4), 36-58. (ABDC_2016: A; ABDC_2019: A; ABS_2018: 3; ISI_2016: 2.943; ISI_2016_5year: 3.412; ISI_2018: 5; VHB_3: B)

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Article in Scientific Journal

Abstract

This article develops a conceptual integration of the dynamic capabilities and ambidexterity perspectives in order to understand how firms adapt to discontinuous change. Based on three illustrative case studies, it demonstrates that it is not possible to identify a universal set of dynamic capabilities. Rather, the distinct set of capabilities required depends on which of three modes of adaptation (structural separation, behavioral integration, or sequential alternation) has been prioritized. This article contributes a contingency perspective to dynamic capability research and offers guidance to managers about the alternative approaches they could take when seeking to adapt to environmental discontinuities.

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Organizational Units

  • Institute for Entrepreneurship
  • Chair of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

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DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/cmr.2016.58.4.36