Acquiring Capabilities and the Importance of Routines: An Exploratory Case Study

N. Amiryany Araghy (Speaker), Huysman, M. H. (Speaker), M. Schijven (Speaker)

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In high-velocity environments such as high-tech industries, many firms engage in acquisitions aimed at getting access to new capabilities in order to create competitive advantage. Research on acquisitions, however, has shown that acquiring a firm is not always a successful strategy, since most acquisitions fail to meet expectations. Based on an exploratory case study, we argue that acquiring firms can enhance post-acquisition capability transfer by taking into account the cluster of routines that function as the micro-foundations of the capability in question. More specifically, we propose that such cluster of routines consists of smaller, highly interdependent, second-order Knowledge-Nurturing Routines (KNRs) such as knowledge development efforts, knowledge management tools and practices, and codification efforts, which are meant to facilitate the creation and modification of dynamic capabilities.
Period6 Nov 2011
Event titleStrategic Management Society
Event typeLecture