Title: The competitive advantage of adaptive networks: an extension of the dynamic capability view

Authors: Darshan Desai

Addresses: Berkeley College, 12 East 41st Street, New York, NY-10017, USA

Abstract: Scholars have generally discussed dynamic capability view at a firm's level. Drawing on complexity theories, this paper extends the dynamic capability view for multiple levels of analysis such as individuals, groups, and networks. The framework explains the dynamic capability building process within complex adaptive networks, and addresses how dynamic capabilities of the multiple units contribute to their competitive advantage. This paper also discusses potential future applications of the framework at individual and value network level. When a firm's boundaries are getting blurred, this holistic understanding of competitive advantage at multiple units of analysis is very important for adapting and shaping today's hyper dynamic business ecosystem.

Keywords: dynamic capabilities; competitive advantage; adaptive networks; complex adaptive systems; CASs; value networks; interactive technologies; enabling leaders; complexity theory; dynamic capability building.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2013.052086

International Journal of Business Environment, 2013 Vol.5 No.4, pp.379 - 397

Received: 30 Sep 2012
Accepted: 30 Sep 2012

Published online: 12 Feb 2013 *

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