Cognitive Dynamics of Capability Development Paths

Item Type Journal paper

Recent research on capability dynamics has increasingly turned its attention to the cognitive microfoundations of capability development. On the basis of a longitudinal case study of the evolution of three network security software firms, we find that the effects of managerial cognition can be detected at three distinct levels of capability development. At the level of operational capabilities, instrumental cognition affects the way in which capabilities are developed. At the level of a firm's capability portfolio, shifts in management's attention regarding capability development cause different evolutionary paths to emerge. Finally, at the extended enterprise level, managerial foresight influences the way in which a firm's capability constellation morphs over time. Our findings provide novel empirical evidence and contribute to an improved understanding of the role of managerial cognition in capability development.

Authors Laamanen, Tomi & Wallin, Johan
Journal or Publication Title Journal of management studies : JMS
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date September 2009
Publisher Blackwell
Place of Publication Oxford
Volume 46
Number 6
Page Range 950-981
Number of Pages 32
ISSN 0022-2380
ISSN-Digital 1467-6486
Publisher DOI 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00823.x
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Tomi Laamanen
Date Deposited 25 Jan 2013 15:35
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:15


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Laamanen, Tomi & Wallin, Johan (2009) Cognitive Dynamics of Capability Development Paths. Journal of management studies : JMS, 46 (6). 950-981. ISSN 0022-2380

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