Messy dynamic capabilities: effects of disorganization on sensing, seizing and transforming in top management teams

Herath, D. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This study models meso-level dynamic capability development under a varying set of organizational settings in order to determine the optimal designs suited for effective dynamic capability development. Taking a Teecian view towards dynamic capacities (Teece et al., 1997) this study specifically models the sensing, seizing and transforming processes among top management teams in firms. Through this process, we examine how the development of dynamic capabilities differs in traditional organizational settings compared to more modern settings. When considering, the organizational designs in question, the study has a large emphasis on learning the effects of fluid, disorganized settings with minimal structural and functional boundaries. This interest is justified by previous work1 (Herath et al., 2016) which has demonstrated, that environments which are actively disorganized, tend to be highly effective for individual and team problem-solving. Therefore, building on previous agent-based models (ABM) of disorganization, this study plans to determine if disorganization is better suited for dynamic capability development and if so, to what extent.
Period3 May 2019
Event titleFourth Agent-Based Models of Organizational Behavior Workshop
Event typeWorkshop
Conference number4
LocationBolzano, Italy
Degree of RecognitionInternational