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Dynamic Organizational Capabilities: A Unifying Framework for New Work Practices, Product Innovation and Competences Formation


  • Annalisa Cristini

    () (Università di Bergamo)

  • Alessandro Gaj

    () (Università di Bergamo)

  • Sandrine Labory

    () (Università di Bergamo)

  • Riccardo Leoni

    () (Università di Bergamo)


Job, workplace and human resource management (HRM) designs are nowadays at the centre of great attention in economic analysis. New work practices are becoming the cornerstone of an approach to flexibility from within the firm which is credited with a significant contribution to sustainable productivity growth. Building on recent empirical evidence, we develop a 243 framework that embeds all the main findings and shows how dynamic organizational capabilities are cumulative and endogenously created, according to a typical path-(inter)dependency process. Policy implications in term of diffusion of workplaces reengineering and new work practices are also derived.

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  • Annalisa Cristini & Alessandro Gaj & Sandrine Labory & Riccardo Leoni, 2004. "Dynamic Organizational Capabilities: A Unifying Framework for New Work Practices, Product Innovation and Competences Formation," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 94(1), pages 243-286, January-F.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:94:y:2004:i:1:p:243-286

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    1. Hempell, Thomas & Zwick, Thomas, 2005. "Technology Use, Organisational Flexibility and Innovation: Evidence for Germany," ZEW Discussion Papers 05-57, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives


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