A General Dynamic Capability: Does it Propagate Business and Social Competencies in the Retail Food Industry?*

In studies of the US retail food industry, we find that while a general dynamic capability affects firms’ competence in supply chain management, it does not affect their competence in environmental management

Alfred A. Marcus; Marc H. Anderson

2006

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  • Given that firms have both business and social goals, an important unanswered question is whether a general dynamic capability breeds competencies in both these areas
  • In studies of the US retail food industry, we find that while a general dynamic capability affects firms’ competence in supply chain management, it does not affect their competence in environmental management
  • Firm mission and the extent to which firms obtain technical assistance are found to affect the acquisition of this latter competency. These findings offer insights into the resource-based view of the firm and provide lessons for corporate social responsibility
  • They reveal more precisely what a general dynamic capability yields and how far its reach extends, suggesting that the factors that drive competitive advantage are not the same as those that drive social responsibility

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