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Executive capability for innovation: the Irish seaports sector

Arthur Kearney (Department of Management and Organisation, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland)
Denis Harrington (Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland)
Felicity Kelliher (Department of Management and Organisation, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 5 September 2018

Issue publication date: 21 September 2018

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to develop a framework of executive capability for innovation in the Irish seaport context.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses an approach based on a critical review of literature. The paper takes the form of a critical review of academic literature, focussed by dynamic managerial capabilities theory. Specifically, the work of Lawson and Samson (2001) is drawn on to frame executive capability for innovation.

Findings

The framework proposes that the executive capability for innovation in the Irish seaport sector emerges as a dynamic managerial capability. The framework is dynamic in nature with environmental feedback loops inhibiting and enabling executive capability development. Supply chain innovation emerges from the framework based on an interpretation of executive capability emerging from Lawson and Samson (2001).

Research limitations/implications

The paper is entirely conceptual in nature. Future empirical research taking a qualitative approach is necessary. Further, an alternative theoretical perspective to that of dynamic managerial capabilities would offer new conceptual insight.

Practical implications

The paper contributes to executive practice through providing a framework of executive capability for innovation facilitating dialogue between executive practitioners and academic theory. Policymakers are challenged to contemplate the framework as a means of transforming competitiveness in an industry identified as foundational to Irish economic development.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to an emerging area of interest in the academic literature in the area of executive capability for innovation. Specifically, the paper argues the unique contextual nature of executive capability for innovation in the context of the seaport industry.

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Citation

Kearney, A., Harrington, D. and Kelliher, F. (2018), "Executive capability for innovation: the Irish seaports sector", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 42 No. 5/6, pp. 342-361. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-10-2017-0081

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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