Reducing the vulnerability of capabilities through interfirm knowledge transfer

Advances in Applied Business Strategy

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1472-0, eISBN: 978-1-84950-520-8

ISSN: 0749-6826

Publication date: 4 February 2008


The vulnerability of capabilities – their susceptibility to depreciation of their strategic value – results from an unbalance between exploitation and exploration within a capability as well as between different levels of capabilities. This vulnerability is examined under the lens of bounded awareness in which the issues of timing, success, and beliefs affect the bias in the deployment of capabilities. Different levels of capabilities are prone to become vulnerable because of internal and external forces. Interfirm knowledge transfer is suggested as a way to reduce the vulnerability of capabilities.


Tue Quynh, B. and Martens, R. (2008), "Reducing the vulnerability of capabilities through interfirm knowledge transfer", Heene, A., Martens, R. and Sanchez, R. (Ed.) Advances in Applied Business Strategy (Advances in Applied Business Strategy, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 159-172.

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