Reconceptualizing Exploitation Capability and Institutionalization Process In Supply Chain Learning

Harishani Lasanthi Liyanage

Abstract


Supply chain learning can be considered as a critical aspect in achieving supernormal profits in today’s dynamic business environment. Nonetheless, it is evident that most of the new ideas are not commercialized due to not having proper implementation mechanisms within supply chain contexts. In this regard, the elements of exploitation capability and institutionalization process are not adequate to address the dynamism of implementation process. Therefore, this research focuses on reconceptualizing the exploitation capability and institutionalization process addressing the behavioral dynamics of the today’s supply chain context. The study uses epistemology world view and interpretative theoretical perspectives, multiple qualitative research methodology, multiple case study, and grounded theory thematic analysis method to study the phenomenon. Findings of the cross-case analysis indicate that organizational level of supply chain learning consists of institutionalization process that underlies exploitation capability. Exploitation capability consists of core competency and application. And, institutionalization processes consist of system changes and supply chain investments. Further, the study identifies that core competency and application are influenced by system changes and supply chain investments at the organizational level of supply chain learning. The theoretical contribution of the study consists of enhancing relational view, organizational learning theory, and dynamic capability perspectives within supply chain context. Practitioners need to focus on behavioral dynamics in implementations of learning in today’s complex supply chain context. Future researchers are encouraged to explore core competency enhancements, psychological contracts, system interdependencies, and human investments at the organizational level of supply chain learning.

Aus. Aca. Busi & Eco. Rev Vol 4(2), April 2018, P 74-85


Keywords


Supply Chain Learning; Exploitation Capability; Institutionalization Process; Dynamic Capability; Organizational Learning; Behavioral Dynamics

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