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Title: Developing process framework of dynamic capabilities in emerging firms : a case study on Chinese commercial vehicle makers
Author: Jin, X.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2011
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The concept of dynamic capabilities has been proposed as a means for addressing how a firm might sustain competitive advantages over time in the turbulent environments by extending, modifying and reconfiguring its resource base. The research focus on dynamic capabilities has been gradually diffused from conceptual discussion to practical applications. This research work focuses specifically on Chinese commercial vehicle industry. It has conducted three in-depth case studies at leading Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturers, namely, Foton, Youngman and Sinotruk. The dynamic and vibrant industry environments and company characteristics provide a good context to explore the nature and mechanism of dynamic capabilities at the firm level. There are four research findings. Firstly, this research develops a process based framework of dynamic capabilities grounded in the empirical settings. The framework includes five phases: scanning, identifying, positioning, leveraging and restructuring. The concept of dynamic capabilities is viewed as sequenced processes that enable firms to address the changing environment to achieve and sustain firm’s competitive advantage. Secondly, it is found that at the SBU or new product development level, those five phases of dynamic capabilities entail orchestration in strategic, operational and organisational levels. Thirdly, three enablers – learning, networking and entrepreneuring – have been identified that are critical to facilitate the functioning of dynamic capabilities on the firm level. Fourthly, a maturity model of dynamic capabilities is constructed, involving aspects and approaches of each of the five phases. The maturity model can be used as a benchmark for comparison and as an aid to understanding firm’s dynamic capabilities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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