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Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management: Organizing for Innovation and Growth Hardcover – 1 Jun 2009

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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019954512X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199545124
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.5 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Teece's concept of dynamic capabilities integrates the resource-based theory of the firm with an evolutionary view of economic processes. This important book combines theoretical insight with practical advice for both managers and policy makers. (John Kay, Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, and author of The Truth about Markets)

Teece's authoritative work on dynamic capabilities has important implications for strategic management, as well as for organization studies, economics, innovation policy, and antitrust law. Scholars and practitioners in a broad range of areas will find this book to be an invaluable reference and source of new ideas. (Constance E. Helfat, J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth)

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David J. Teece is Chaired Professor of Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been included on the "A-List of Management Academics 2011" by Business Educators, an orgazination which seeks to facilitate collaborations between business academics and professionals.

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Although to a layman, some of the book may be quite hard going, the content is excellent and contains lots of dimensions against which to think about innovation, the market environment, and capabilities.
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An important book for both academics and business people 12 July 2009
By J. G. Colton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Dynamic Capabilities author David Teece (with contributions from Mie Augier) successfully brings the study of the firm into the modern era. Drawing extensively on older theories to describe and analyze business economics, Teece explains why these theories are not able to explain fully how businesses succeed or fail in a time of rapid technological innovation, knowledge-based industries, changing customer demands and multinational competition. The author is both descriptive and prescriptive as he outlines how entrepreneurial management is the key to achieving an adequate return - management that is able to sense changes in the economic environment, seize the opportunities those changes present, and, by orchestrating the tangible and especially intangible assets available both inside and outside the firm, exploit market opportunities. Teece ably explains why a business that merely responds to the current market, even if it does so superbly, will ultimately fail unless it is capable of change. Thus the dynamic capabilities of management and business structures responsive to change become the chief determinants of which businesses will succeed and grow and which will not.

Though academic in style, and a useful text for the student of business economics, the book is written to be accessible to practitioners of management as well. The businessman whose MBA certificate is yellowing in its frame will have no trouble understanding it. Indeed, it should be must reading for anyone running, investing in or serving as a director of any business, large or small. Firms which lack such dynamic capabilities will survive only if they develop or acquire them.

Teece further develops his thesis in the later chapters of the book with the implications for businesses highly dependent on exceptional talent, and the public policy implications of dynamic capabilities as a key determinant of market domination. As with the rest of the book, these chapters are thought-provoking and useful guides for both thinking about business and making decisions that will make a difference.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Building and understanding the dynamic capabilities framework 30 Dec 2010
By Gerard Kroese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
David J. Teece is a Chaired Professor at the University of California Berkeley, where he was the Director of the Institute of Management, Innovation and Organization. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books. Teece is supported by Stanford University Fellow Mie Augier. This book was published in 2009, is split into 3 parts, consisting of 1-to-5 chapters, plus a preface.

Teece explains in the preface that "Strategic management is about the major decisions and investments needed to achieve the goals of the enterprises ...". He continues in Chapter 1 that the ambition of the dynamic capabilities framework is nothing less than to explain the sources of enterprise-level competitive advantage over time. "... dynamic capabilities can be disaggregated into the capacity (1) to sense and shape opportunities and threats, (2) to seize opportunities, and (3) to maintain competitiveness through enhancing, combining, protecting, and when, necessary, reconfiguring the business enterprise's intangible and tangible assets." Each of these are discussed in detail together with the microfoundations, such as the distinct skills, processes, procedures, organizational structures, decision rules, and disciplines, undergirding them. The other 4 chapters within Part 1 focus on further exploration of dynamic capabilities, from the (entrepreneurial) role of the manager, via the foundations and resources through to the impact on the multinational enterprise. The other 2 parts takes a high-level view of the business enterprise in the economy with Part II looking at the business enterprise in economic development and Part III focusing on the nature of competition during rapid technological change.

Yes, I do like this book. This book is quite academically written and therefore not that easy to read. I did enjoy the 5 chapters within Part I better than the chapters within Parts II and III as they are more practical, more 'down-to-earth' and provide good guidance for managers and professionals. David Teece does show with this book again his reputable position within the field of strategic management. The book is also recommended to MBA and strategy students.
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good overview of dynamic capabilities, their nature and roots 1 Aug 2013
By Andres Kutt - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd recommend this book together with the Helfat's et al for academic people who want to understand the nature of dynamic capabilities. Personally I'll use this text as a reference for dissertation. And although I consider this book more suitable for academic research I picked one very applicable point for business life as well: the success for M&A is higher in case both parties see this as an opportunity to learn smth from the other.
Because it is collection of photocopies it is difficult to ... 20 Sep 2014
By Celik Kurtoglu - Published on Amazon.com
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Because it is collection of photocopies it is difficult to read. At this price it should have been possible to offer it with readable print. Otherwise the substance is important contribution.
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