Innovation and dynamic capabilities of the firm: Defining an assessment model

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André Cherubini Alves
Denise Barbieux
Fernanda Maciel Reichert
Jorge Tello-Gamarra
Paulo Antônio Zawislak


Innovation and dynamic capabilities have gained considerable attention in both academia and practice. While one of the oldest inquiries in economic and strategy literature involves understanding the features that drive business success and a firm’s perpetuity, the literature still lacks a comprehensive model of innovation and dynamic capabilities. This study presents a model that assesses firms’ innovation and dynamic capabilities perspectives based on four essential capabilities: development, operations, management, and transaction capabilities. Data from a survey of 1,107 Brazilian manufacturing firms were used for empirical testing and discussion of the dynamic capabilities framework. Regression and factor analyses validated the
model; we discuss the results, contrasting with the dynamic capabilities’ framework. Operations Capability is the least dynamic of all capabilities, with the least influence on innovation. This reinforces the notion that operations capabilities as “ordinary capabilities,” whereas management, development, and transaction capabilities better explain firms’ dynamics and innovation.


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ALVES, A. C.; BARBIEUX, D.; REICHERT, F. M.; TELLO-GAMARRA, J.; ZAWISLAK, P. A. Innovation and dynamic capabilities of the firm: Defining an assessment model. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 57, n. 3, p. 232–244, 2017. DOI: 10.1590/S0034-759020170304. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 feb. 2024.


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