University of St.Gallen
research platform alexandria
search projects
browse projects
by person
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 
by year
by project type

Dynamic Capabilities, Management Innovation, and the Role of the Corporate Center in Diversified Firms

abstract In this research, I focus on the value-adding role of the corporate center in multibusiness firms. I propose that performing management innovation may result in a corporate advantage, while accumulating dynamic management innovation capabilities is critical for sustaining it.

In the first part, I review research on the value-adding role of the corporate center in multibusiness firms and find that explaining sustainable corporate advantage in changing environments requires a dynamic understanding of corporate strategy. Complementing recent literature on dynamic capabilities, I propose a framework that distinguishes a corporate center’s particularities related to the environmental complexity, asset bases, and value creation mechanisms. I argue that, in order to create and sustain a corporate advantage, the corporate center must develop dynamic sensing, seizing, and transforming capabilities that fit with the firm’s organizational and environmental context.

In the second part, I explore the role of management innovation in multibusiness firms. I develop a conceptual model of corporate management innovation arguing that multibusiness firms benefit from innovation driven by the corporate center. I hypothesize that the strength of this relationship is moderated by several characteristics of corporate management innovation, the organizational context, and the environmental dynamism a firm faces. To test my hypotheses, I apply a large-scale quantitative research design with listed European multibusiness firms.

In the third part, I derive a process framework of sensing corporate management innovation. Drawing on literature of management innovation, dynamic capabilities, and organizational learning I attempt to analyze how a firm’s corporate center senses management innovation and how accumulating a related dynamic sensing capability contributes to sustained corporate advantage. I follow a multiple case studies research design with large European multibusiness firms.

This research project contributes to research on the value-adding role of the corporate center in multibusiness firms, on dynamic capabilities, and on management innovation.
   
keywords Corporate center, dynamic capabilities, management innovation, multibusiness firms.
   
partner Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens (University of St. Gallen), Prof. David J. Collis, Ph.D. (Harvard Business School)
type dissertation project
status completed
start of project 2008
end of project 2009
additional informations
topics See project summary.
methods See project summary.
contact Markus Menz