Dynamic Capabilities: Celebrating the Plurality of Understandings of the Concept

Matthias Wenzel*, Madeleine Rauch, Abiodun Adegbile, Yevgen Bogodistov, Sadrac Cénophat, Michael Hartmann, David Wagner, Veit Wohlgemuth

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In this chapter, we make a case for the plurality of conceptual understandings as a constructive element in achieving theoretical progress in the field of research on dynamic capabilities. For this purpose, former members of the doctoral program on „dynamic capabilities and relationships “share their stories of how they came to understand dynamic capabilities, and how this way-finding has helped them advance their research. We argue that their theoretical progress has emerged not in spite, but because of the struggles they faced when engaging with conceptual ambiguities related to dynamic capabilities. This insight has important implications for dealing with the plurality of understandings advanced in the field of research on dynamic capabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDynamic Capabilities and Relationships : Discourses, Concepts, and Reflections
EditorsTomás Bayón, Martin Eisend, Jochen Koch, Albrecht Söllner, Markus Vodosek, Heinz-Theo Wagner
Number of pages28
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9783030831813, 9783030831844
ISBN (Electronic)9783030831820
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesContributions to Management Science


  • Dynamic capabilities
  • Concept clarity
  • Plurality
  • Ambiguity

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