A SaP based framework for researching the practice of dynamic capability

Mackay, David and Ackermann, Fran (2011) A SaP based framework for researching the practice of dynamic capability. In: BAM Conference, Strategy as Practice Track, 2011-09-01.

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    This paper responds to a call for the development of detailed understanding of how dynamic capability is used in practice through the application of a Strategy as Practice (SaP) perspective (Regnér, 2008; Ambrosini and Bowman, 2009). Drawing on the Dynamic Capabilities (DC) and SaP perspective literatures, we present a conceptual framework for researching dynamic capability practice - what people actually do in relation to dynamic capability. This conceptual framework integrates focal SaP perspective concepts – practitioners, practices, praxis, activities and intermediate outcomes – with a DC perspective focus on intermediate resource base outcomes. We argue that the conceptual framework might be used as a basis for new empirical studies as well as the synthesis of extant findings from each perspective to develop understanding of dynamic capability practice. We also suggest that the conceptual framework may contribute to addressing further developmental calls from within the SaP and DC perspective literatures.