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Combination as the Key Competence for the Dynamic Assembly of Temporary Networks: The Role of the Pivot-Assembler

A Focused Issue on Building New Competences in Dynamic Environments

ISBN: 978-1-78441-275-3, eISBN: 978-1-78441-274-6

ISSN: 1744-2117

Publication date: 27 October 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper proposes a competence that enables the pivot organization to dynamically combine (assemble/disassemble, activate/deactivate) resources as needed, and introduces the concept of “dynamic assembly” that integrates this new competence into the historic pivot’s capacities.

Methodology/approach

Two in-depth case studies performed in two different contexts support our theoretical construct and exhibit the strategic role of the pivot-assembler in the conception, combination, coordination, and control of temporary chains and networks.

Findings

The results of our research confirm that dynamic assembly is an important characteristic of both, the travel industry and humanitarian relief, in which the four dimensions (conception, combination, coordination, and control) were found.

Research implications

From this research it is possible to consider that the theoretical construct of dynamic assembly is meaningful in these types of contexts where chains are temporarily assembled from a dynamic network. Complementary research should look at the characteristics of the organizational structure and the management of competences in loosely-coupled organizations (Weick, 1982) and hastily formed networks (Denning, 2006).

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Citation

Pellegrin-Romeggio, F. and Vega, D. (2014), "Combination as the Key Competence for the Dynamic Assembly of Temporary Networks: The Role of the Pivot-Assembler", A Focused Issue on Building New Competences in Dynamic Environments (Research in Competence-Based Management, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 61-83. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1744-211720140000007003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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