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Coevolutionary competence in the realm of corporate longevity: How long-lived firms strategically renew themselves

A Focused Issue on Fundamental Issues in Competence Theory Development

ISBN: 978-1-84855-210-4, eISBN: 978-1-84855-211-1

ISSN: 1744-2117

Publication date: 1 January 2008

Abstract

Understanding the phenomena of corporate longevity and self-renewing organizations has become an important topic in recent management literature. However, the majority of the research contributions focus on internal determinants of longevity and self-renewal. Using a coevolutionary framework, the purpose of this chapter is to address the dynamic interaction between organizations and environments in the realm of sustained strategic renewal, i.e. corporate longevity. To this end, we will focus on the competence of long-lived firms to coevolve due to the joint effect of managerial intentionality and environmental selection pressures. Building on coevolutionary framework, we develop a conceptual framework that highlights an organization's coevolutionary competence. Two longitudinal case studies are presented illustrating the arguments.

Citation

Kwee, Z., Van den Bosch, F.A.J. and Volberda, H.W. (2008), "Coevolutionary competence in the realm of corporate longevity: How long-lived firms strategically renew themselves", Sanchez, R. (Ed.) A Focused Issue on Fundamental Issues in Competence Theory Development (Research in Competence-Based Management, Vol. 4), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 281-313. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1744-2117(08)04008-5

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