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The influence of managerial attention on the deployment of dynamic capability: a case study of Internet Platform Firms in China

Zeng, Jing, Mackay, David (2018) The influence of managerial attention on the deployment of dynamic capability: a case study of Internet Platform Firms in China. Industrial and Corporate Change, 28 (5). pp. 1173-1192. ISSN 0960-6491. E-ISSN 1464-3650. (doi:10.1093/icc/dty057) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

We examine the interaction of processes of managerial attention and dynamic capabilities deployment, drawing on qualitative data from the development of two Internet Platform Companies – Alibaba and Tencent – over their first fifteen years of existence. Informed by senior management interviews, we create a process model of the relationship between activities of managerial attention and dynamic capability deployment within context. We show how the focus of managerial attention on aspects of the organizational context leads to the deployment of specific dynamic capabilities. Further, we propose that a continuing focus of managerial attention to any aspect of the organization’s context gives rise to core dynamic capabilities – a set of continually deployed processes for changing the resource base in a way that corresponds with the strategic logic of the organization. We find that core dynamic capabilities are complemented by contingent dynamic capabilities – intermittently deployed strategic change processes which enable and enhance the use of core dynamic capabilities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/icc/dty057
Uncontrolled keywords: dynamic capabilities, attention-based view, qualitative research, core dynamic capabilities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Maggie (Jing) Zeng
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 14:18 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69863 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Zeng, Jing: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5374-9678
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