Dynamic Capability Building in the LEGO Group: Prospective Activities VS. Reflective Learning in Preparation for a Turbulent Digital Future

Robert Lorenz Törmer, Stefan Henningsson

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The competitive pressures arising from digitalization increasingly favour companies that are able to respond to market opportunities by reconfiguring and integrating digitally-enabled business capabilities. The corresponding organizational challenge to integrate technological as well as managerial knowledge from distinct sources has previously been addressed by the dynamic capabilities framework, which has received major attention in strategic management research during the past decades. Nevertheless, relatively little is known about the intentional creation of dynamic capabilities in preparation for future use. To this end, this paper reports on the digitalization journey of the LEGO Group to investigate the development of its Enterprise Architecture capability. The theoretical analysis approaches Enterprise Architecture as a meta-competence to focus on dynamic capability building. The theoretical model unveils how capability quality and performance are shaped by prospective activities and reflective learning from capability use as well as accumulated experience. Furthermore, the findings position Enterprise Architecture into the theoretical context of strategic management and emphasize the discipline’s orchestrating role for continuous transformation in the digital age.
TitelProceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
Antal sider16
UdgivelsesstedAtlanta, GA
ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781733632508
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedThe 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2019: Information Systems for a Sharing Society - Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sverige
Varighed: 8 jun. 201914 jun. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 27


KonferenceThe 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2019
LokationStockholm University
NavnProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems


  • Dynamic capabilities
  • Capability building
  • Enterprise architecture