Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Developing Dynamic Capabilities in Emerging Industries: A Qualitative Study of the Microfoundations of Dynamic Capabilities
by Duncan, Aaron S., Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2019, 136; 27544757
Abstract (Summary)

The rise in technological developments and innovations has led to an increase in the number of new emerging industries being formed. Firms within these types of industries operate under constant uncertainty and risk resulting from an ever-changing competitive environment that they are simultaneously co-creating. It is not clear how firms operating under these conditions are able to create a longer-term competitive advantage that consistently allows them to outperform their competitors. This research attempts to fill this gap by exploring how firms in emerging industries develop their dynamic capabilities by using the absorptive, adaptive, and innovative capabilities that underpin it. To complete the study, 15 managers from different firms within the emerging additive manufacturing industry were interviewed. An exploratory qualitative research design was chosen for this study through which semi-structured interviews were used. The main findings of this study suggest that dynamic capabilities of emerging industry firms are multidimensional constructs that consist of the firm’s absorptive, adaptive, and innovative capabilities and that an emergent firm’s path to achieving a longer-term competitive advantage is dependent on how its management is able to use these three microfoundations in concert with one another.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rogers, Katrina S.
Commitee: Rosenthal, Patrice E., Appelbaum, Rich P., Arnold, Carrie, Bergh, Donald D.
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: School for Leadership Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Entrepreneurship, Business education
Keywords: Absorptive capability, Adaptive capability, Dynamic capabilities, Emerging industries, Entrepreneurial management, Innovative capability
Publication Number: 27544757
ISBN: 9781392463598
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