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Revisiting the idea of knowledge-based dynamic capabilities for digital transformation

Gioconda Mele (Department of Engineering Innovation, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy)
Guido Capaldo (Department of Industrial Engineering, University Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy)
Giustina Secundo (Department of Management, Finance and Technology, University LUM Giuseppe Degennaro, Casamassima, Italy)
Vincenzo Corvello (Department of Engineering, University of Messina, Messina, Italy)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 8 June 2023

Issue publication date: 4 March 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

In the landscape created by digital transformation, developing the ability to adapt and innovate by absorbing and generating new knowledge has become a strategic priority for organizations. The theory of dynamic capabilities, especially from a knowledge-based perspective, has proven particularly useful in studying the phenomena of transformation and change. Moving from this premise, this paper aims to map the state of research and to define guidelines for the actualization of dynamic capabilities theory in the digital transformation era.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured literature review of 75 papers, using descriptive, bibliographic and content analysis, was performed to analyze the evolution of dynamic capabilities in the context of digital transformation.

Findings

Studies concerning knowledge-based dynamic capabilities for digital transformation have been clustered into five main research areas: the micro-foundation of dynamic capabilities for digital transformation; dynamic capabilities for value creation in digital transformation; dynamic capabilities for digital transition in specific industries; dynamic capabilities for “data-driven organizations”; and dynamic capabilities for digital transformation in SMEs and family firms. A future research agenda for scholars in strategic management is presented.

Practical implications

A conceptual framework and a future research agenda are presented to highlight directions for this promising research field concerning the renewal of dynamic capabilities in the context of digital transformation.

Originality/value

The originality of the paper lies in the conceptual framework aiming to systematize current research on knowledge-based dynamic capabilities for digital transformation and to provide a new conceptualization of digital dynamic capabilities, clarifying how organizations create and share knowledge in the era of digitalization.

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Citation

Mele, G., Capaldo, G., Secundo, G. and Corvello, V. (2024), "Revisiting the idea of knowledge-based dynamic capabilities for digital transformation", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 532-563. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-02-2023-0121

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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