Autotelic capabilities and their impact on technological capabilities

Glykeria Karagouni (Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics, Chemical Engineering Department, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece, and Wood and Furniture Design and Technology, Technological and Educational Institute of Larissa, Larissa, Greece)
Aimilia Protogerou (Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics, Chemical Engineering Department, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece)
Yannis Caloghirou (Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics, Chemical Engineering Department, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece)

EuroMed Journal of Business

ISSN: 1450-2194

Publication date: 26 April 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the emerging concept of autotelic capabilities and their impact on operational capabilities, and in particular, technological capabilities.

Design/methodology/approach

Autotelic capabilities and their dimensions are discussed since they constitute a novel framework for new venturing in knowledge‐intensive, low‐tech industries. Links among the dimensions of autotelic capabilities and technological capabilities formation are explored, focusing on production technologies.

Findings

The suggested links among autotelic and technological capabilities highlight the need to go beyond individual‐centered explanations of entrepreneurial activities towards the formation of integrated capabilities. They strengthen the assumption that autotelic capabilities exist as higher‐order capabilities in low‐tech but knowledge‐intensive venturing, are very specific, can be managed, and endue new ventures with technological capabilities.

Research limitations/implications

As it is only a theoretical approach, the hypotheses’ validity needs empirical evaluation and further theory building and development. Research could include the rest of operational capabilities, issues of causalities and the empirical exploration of the concept’s generalizability across a variety of contexts.

Practical implications

Entrepreneurial and/or managerial teams should realize the importance of possessing and further cultivating autotelic capabilities in recognizing technological patterns connecting seemingly unrelated pieces of science and technologies. Intentional and organized cultivation of autotelic capabilities supports competitive new venture creation and sustainable development of both operational and dynamic capabilities.

Originality/value

The paper forms a part of the pioneering autotelic capabilities perspective, developed by the authors, which offers an alternative approach to much conventional entrepreneurial thinking. It is an original contribution to relevant literature, with both theoretical and practical value.

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Citation

Karagouni, G., Protogerou, A. and Caloghirou, Y. (2013), "Autotelic capabilities and their impact on technological capabilities", EuroMed Journal of Business, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 48-63. https://doi.org/10.1108/EMJB-05-2013-0020

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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