Connecting Dynamic Capabilities and Individual Innovation Competencies
Seminar in presence
Building BL26/B – Room 0.19 (ground floor)
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Via R. Lambruschini, 4/B
UVA Darden School of Business, USA
The dynamic capabilities construct, though one of the most influential in recent management history, has consistently been critiqued for its abstract conceptualization and lack of empirical grounding and, thus, has not made the practice-level contribution to the Innovation Management field that scholars and practitioners might expect. This presentation reports on research aimed at addressing this gap by taking a multi-level perspective, drawing explicit linkages, both conceptual and empirical, between innovation-related dynamic capabilities at the organizational level and specific observable behaviors at the individual level, using a newly designed assessment scale that assesses, for development purposes, a core set of essential competencies with important implications for the critical development challenges facing organizations interested in operationalizing the linkage of dynamic capabilities at the organizational level with innovation competency development at the individual level.
Jeanne Liedtka is the UTC Professor of Business at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, where she has taught Design Thinking to thousands, both students and executives, and to hundreds of thousands in her popular on-line Design Thinking courses on the Coursera platform. Beginning her career as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, Jeanne has also served as Chief Learning Officer at United Technologies, and as the Senior Associate Dean of Darden’s MBA Program. With interests at the intersection of strategy and design, Jeanne has written eight books and many articles on the subject of strategy, innovation, and design thinking, and consulted with a diverse set of organizations including IBM, Samsung, NASA, The United Nations, and the government of Singapore. Her most recent book, Experiencing Design: The Innovator’s Journey was published in July, 2021. Forthcoming in 2023 is The Experimentation Primer.