Capability lifecycle

Zuzul, T and Helfat, C (2014) Capability lifecycle. In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. Palgrave.

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The capability lifecycle is a framework that extends the resource-based view by articulating patterns and paths in the evolution of organizational capabilities. The lifecycle describes the development of a capability from founding to maturity, as well as subsequent branching into additional stages, and explains the sources of heterogeneity in organizational capabilities at each stage. The capability lifecycle provides a framework that articulates patterns in the evolution of a capability from birth through maturity, and subsequent branching into additional stages of development (Helfat and Peteraf, 2003). A capability’s lifecycle begins with its founding, when a group of individuals organizes around an objective. Subsequently, in the development stage, a capability is built, refined and improved. Finally, a capability enters the maturity stage, where it ceases development and is maintained through exercise. Before or after reaching maturity, a capability can also transform through the ‘6 R’s’ of capability branching: retirement, retrenchment, renewal, replication, redeployment and recombination.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2014 Palgrave Macmillan
Subject Areas: Strategy and Entrepreneurship
DOI: 10.1057/9781137294678.0073
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 14:19
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 14:20

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