The SMS Blackwell Handbook of Organizational Capabilities: Emergence, Development, and Change / Edition 1

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This Handbook looks at how the resources and capabilities of organizations emerge and develop over time.

  • Written by leading figures in the field.
  • Presents original new theory.
  • Features ground-breaking empirical studies.
  • Draws on a broad range of empirical methods – case studies, statistical analysis, and simulations.
  • Offers thought-provoking commentary on streams of research.
  • Provides a basis for future research and practice.
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"Resources and capabilities are an organizational phenomenon that is critically linked to firms' success in today's dynamic and complex business environments. Professor Helfat has compiled a truly significant collection of insights from leading researchers, with great potential to influence the nature and direction of this field for years to come." Duane Ireland, Richmond University, USA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405103046
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Series: Strategic Management Society Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Constance E. Helfat is Professor of Strategy and Technology at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Her work has been published widely in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science and the Journal of Industrial Economics. She has also published a book entitled Investment Choices in Industry (1988). She serves on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal, Management Science Organization Science and Strategic Organization.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.


1. Stylized Facts Regarding the Evolution of OrganizationalResources and Capabilities (Constance E. Helfat).

Part I: Emergence of Resources and Capabilities.

2. Dominance by Birthright: Entry of Prior Radio Producers andCompetitive Ramifications in the US Television Receiver Industry(Steven Klepper and Kenneth L. Simons).

3. The Nature, Sources, and Consequences of Firm Differences inthe Early History of the Semiconductor Industry (Daniel Holbrook,Wesley M. Cohen, David A Hounshel, and Steven Klepper).

4. Superstores and the Evolution of Firm Capabilities inAmerican Bookselling (Daniel M.G. Raff).

5. Commentary on Chapters by Klepper and Simons, by Holbrook etal., and by Raff (Keith Pavitt).

7. Imprinting or Emergence, Structure or Rules, or Why DirtyDancing Is Always Better When You Are More Than Two (BruceKogut).

8. Strategic Capabilities in Emerging Fields: NavigatingAmbiguity, Leveraging Social Capitla, and Creating Identity inSilicon Alley (Theresa K. Lant).

Part II: Incremental Development and Change.

9. Why Do Firms Tend to Become Different? (BirgerWernerfelt).

10. Firm Capabilities and Competition and Industrial Policies ina "History Friendly" Model of the Evolution of the ComputerIndustry (Franco Malerba, Richard Nelson,, Luigi Orsenigo, andSidney G. Winter).

11. Problem-solving Behaviors, Organizational Forms, and theComplexity of Tasks (Giovanni Dosi, Mike Hobday, and LuigiMarengo).

12. Product Sequencing: Co-evolution of Knowledge, Capabilities,and Products (Constance E. Helfat and Ruth S. Raubitschek).

13. Path-dependent and Path-breaking Change: ReconfiguringBusiness Resources Following Acquisitions in the US Medical Sector,1978-1995 (Samina Karim and Will Mitchell).

14. Commentary on Karim-Mitchell and Helfat-Raubitschek Chapters(James Brian Quinn).

15. The Relational Organization: From Relational Rents toAlliance Capability (Harbir Singh).

16. Innovative Routines in Large Firms: What the EvidenceSuggests (Keith Pavitt).

17. The Evolutionary Roots of Resource-based theory (Jay B.Barney).

Part III: Dealing with Radical Change.

18. The Satisfying Principle in Capability Learning (Sidney G.Winter).

19. Untangling the Origins of Competitive Advantage (Iain M.Cockburn, Rebecca M. Henderson, and Scott Stern).

20. Strategy and Circumstance: The Response of American Firms toJapanese Competition in Semiconductors, 1980-1995 (Richard N.Langlois and W. Edward Steinmueller).

21. Dynamic Capabilities : What Are They (Jatgkeeb M. Eisenhardtand Jeffrey A. Nartin).

22. Leadership, Capabilities, and Technological Change: theTransformation of NCR in the Electronic Era (Richard S.Rosenbloom).

23. Capabilities, Cognition, and Inertia: Evidence from DigitalImaging ()Mary Tripsas and Giovanni Gavetti).

24. Leadership and Cognition: Or, What Could Those Folks at theTop Have Been Thinking? Commentary on Chapters by Rosenblom andTripsas and Gavetti (Steven W. Usselman).

25. Toward Developing an Organizational Capability of Learningfrom Mistakes (Sydney Finkelstein).

26. Resources, Capabilities, Core Competencies, InvisibleAssets, and Knowledge Assets: Label Proliferation and TheoryDevelopment in the Field of Strategic Management (Jay B.Barney).


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