Personality as a Micro-Foundation of Dynamic Managerial Capabilities

Shelley Harrington, Alex Kevill

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This paper introduces and positions personality as a micro-foundation of dynamic managerial capabilities. Dynamic managerial capabilities underpin organisation level dynamic capabilities, which are crucial to competitive success, particularly in difficult and turbulent business environments. Consideration of how personality underpins such capabilities provides an important contribution to emerging debates concerning the micro-foundations of them. In this paper, five key theoretical propositions are developed linking the personality traits in the five factor model of personality to the dynamic managerial capabilities of sensing, seizing and reconfiguring. Our conceptual work extends previous research by not only establishing the dynamics of the relationship between personality and dynamic managerial capabilities but also promoting the personality of managers in enhancing or inhibiting the development of dynamic capabilities at both a trait and facet level. The presentation of propositions offers a theoretical roadmap for future empirical research encouraging a further examination of the micro-foundations of competitive success.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Issue number1
Early online date1 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
EventThe 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Hynes Convention Center, Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201913 Aug 2019
Conference number: 79,is%20Understanding%20the%20Inclusive%20Organization.


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