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A managerial perspective of dynamic capabilities in emerging markets: The case of the Russian steel industry


  • Gregory Ludwig
  • Jon Pemberton


The paper critiques current thinking in the area of dynamic capabilities, exploring and challenging previous research on Dynamic Capabilities (DC) utilizing an application and empirical research within the Russian steel industry. Multiple sources of evidence arising from an in-depth study over a period of three years are deployed including semi-structured interviews with senior managers, as well as internal management reports, and other documentary evidence. The research concludes that practitioners need not choose between either routine-building on the one hand, or radical renewal on the other, but must recognize that dynamisms typically derive from the establishment of respective internal processes, followed by rapid-decision making. This paper focuses on the higher education area in a small Central European country. Its purpose is to explore the concept of culture, the concept of knowledge management (KM) as well as the correlations among their dimensions at the university level. Since we assume that it is educational personnel who is involved in KM processes, our research covered the teaching staff. Our questionnaire is based on a similar research carried out by Wilkens et al. (2004). The literature is reviewed and the empirical analysis is performed in order to examine and to explain the relationship between organisational culture and knowledge management. The findings presented in the paper can be important for further development of the higher education sector in Central and Eastern European countries as well as for other profit oriented industries.

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  • Gregory Ludwig & Jon Pemberton, 2011. "A managerial perspective of dynamic capabilities in emerging markets: The case of the Russian steel industry," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 16(3), pages 215-236.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2011_03_ludwig

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    1. Youngjin Bahng & Jung-Ha Yang & Andrew Reilly, 2016. "A qualitative approach to understanding Hawaiian apparel manufacturers' exports: strategic marketing resources, dynamic capabilities and export barriers," International Journal of Export Marketing, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(1), pages 96-113.

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    strategy; dynamic capabilities; the Russian Federation; steel industry;

    JEL classification:

    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • L61 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Metals and Metal Products; Cement; Glass; Ceramics
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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