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Special Issue- New applications of the dynamic capabilities framework

Special issue call for papers from Baltic Journal of Management

Special issue: New applications of the dynamic capabilities framework

Guest editors: 
Professor Asta Pundziene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania ([email protected])
Professor David J. Teece, University of California, Berkeley

The ongoing effort to understand the sources of competitive advantage causes strategic management scholars to periodically rethink paradigms and theoretical perspectives. The resource-based view was a major advance, but fell short by not explaining how valuable resources and capabilities can be built and how they must be managed over time to sustain firm-level advantages. The dynamic capabilities framework (Teece, Pisano, and Shuen, 1997; Teece, 2007; Teece, forthcoming) addresses these gaps by focusing on the ability of a firm to create, renew, and orchestrate its resources. The framework has attracted a great deal of interest among management scholars and offers practical guidelines for managers. Authors writing about dynamic capabilities cover a range of disciplines – from strategy, entrepreneurship, and marketing to information management.

The dynamic capabilities framework is being applied regularly (but often poorly) to real world business problems. This special issue will bring together scholars from different disciplines and from all over the world who have had success applying the framework. The goal of the issue is to provide significant conceptual and empirical insights on the operationalization of dynamic capabilities. Research that applies and helps validate the dynamic capabilities approach can also help managers understand the framework and use it to help lead their organizations in shifting global markets.

The dynamic capabilities framework provides an overarching view of the relationship between corporate entrepreneurship, innovation management, organisational learning, change management, and more. Studies on any of these or other topics that position them within the dynamic capabilities framework would be appropriate for this special issue.

Suggested topics of the special issue

The special issue includes, however is not limited to, the following research topics:
•How do enterprises link routines and individual action to scan their environment and process new knowledge?
•How do organizational routines contribute to the sensing of new opportunities?
•How are new business models built around internal and external innovations?
•How do firms build new capabilities that are too potentially valuable or complex to acquire?
•How do leaders overcome resistance to the changes necessary to seize new opportunities?
•How have certain routines contributed positively to the ability of firms to survive shifts in their business environment?

Teece, D.J. (2007). Explicating dynamic capabilities: the nature and microfoundations of (sustainable) enterprise performance. Strategic Management Journal, 28(13): 1319-1350.
Teece, D. J. (forthcoming). The Foundations of Enterprise Performance: Dynamic and Ordinary (Managerial and Organizational) Capabilities in an (Economic) Theory of Firms.” Academy of Management Perspectives. published ahead of print March 25, 2014, doi:10.5465/amp.2013.0116
Teece, D.J., Pisano, G, Shuen, A. (1997). Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management. Strategic Management Journal, 18(7): 509-533.

Papers submitted to the special issue do not have to focus on the Baltic region. Both conceptual and   research papers will be considered for publication.

Submission deadline:
To be considered for publication in the special issue full manuscripts should be submitted by February 15, 2015. However, it is recommended that authors send an abstract to the editors prior to submission to ensure the relevance and receive preliminary feedback in good time before the submission deadline.

Anticipated publication date of the special issue is 2016.

To nominate a reviewer, volunteer to review, or obtain additional information, please contact the editors of the special issue.

Article length
Articles should be between 6000 and 11000 words in length. This includes all text including references and appendices. Please allow 280 words for each figure or table. See more at:

Manuscript submission:
Authors should submit their manuscripts through ScholarOne Manuscripts Manuscripts should be prepared following the author guidelines
All articles will be double-blind peer reviewed by at least two anonymous referees.

For more information about the submission process please contact us on [email protected]