A complexity perspective of dynamic capabilities in enterprise project organizations

Ian Robson, Udechukwu Ojiako (Lead / Corresponding author), Stuart Maguire

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Abstract

Driven by the inherent tensions that exist within the ‘sense’, ‘seize’, ‘shift’, and ‘liaise’ paradigm of dynamic capabilities, we set out in this study to explore the interstices that exist between two key theoretical traditions—‘Complexity’ and ‘Dynamic capabilities’. We frame the study in the context of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), particularly Micro Enterprises operating in the UK construction industry. Emergent themes were gleaned from the interview of 21 construction enterprise owner-managers based in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Findings suggest not only that SME owner-managers operating within the construction sector interpret their own role as pivotal to the success of the firm and that they assumed responsibility for identifying opportunities and operational threats to the business, but also that aspects of complexity were at play in the thinking and action implied by owner-managers when dealing with both internal and external tensions. Our main contribution is to propose a capabilities framework framed within a complexity lens that enhances the explanatory power of dynamic capabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Early online date26 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Complexity
  • dynamic capabilities
  • adaptive tension
  • SME
  • owner-manager

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