A qualitative exploration of experiential practitioner dynamics of enterprise executive capability development and a comparison to the educational objectives and dynamic capabilities frameworks

by Hitchcock, Jon E., D.B.A., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 467 pages; 3518068


Solutions for many of today's organizational challenges exist but continue to be neglected in spite of the need to generate business opportunities, create jobs, and invigorate the economy. Continuous change in technologies (Teece & Pisano, 1994, The dynamic capabilities of firms: An introduction ) and generational metaphorical representations of reality almost ensure that the language of the current generation will not be that of those past or those to come (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980, Metaphors we live by). Executives emerge from past success and are limited by their history (Goldsmith & Reiter, 2007, What got you here won't get you there: How successful people become even more successful), succession and turnover within their organizations (Charan, Drotter, & Noel, 2001, The leadership pipeline: How to build the leadership-powered company) fracturing accumulated knowledge, experience, and capability. Executives largely limit themselves to solutions from among peers (Chattopadhyay, Glick, Miller, & Huber, 1999, Determinants of executive beliefs: Comparing functional conditioning and social influence) and anecdotal examples (Pfeffer & Sutton, 2006, The knowing-doing gap: How smart companies turn knowledge into action) in spite of breakthroughs in strategic topics such as dynamic capabilities and other developments in the fields of business research and education (Rousseau, 2006, Is there such a thing as "evidence-based management?). The sciences specialize in the discovery, systemization, and perpetuation of accumulated knowledge and capability (Kuhn, 1996, The structure of scientific revolutions), and it is incumbent upon the doctor to learn the language of the patient in order to communicate and jointly understand the value and benefits of potential remedies (Mohrman, Gibson, & Mohrman, 2001, Doing research that is useful to practice: A model and empirical exploration). This study uses semi-structured interviews to develop a referential framework from the language of executive experiences about higher level capability development for comparison to dynamic capabilities (Teece, Pisano, & Shuen, 1997, Dynamic capabilities and strategic management) and Bloom's (1956/1984) Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Miller and Fox (2004, Building bridges: The possibility of analytic dialogue between ethnography, conversation analysis and Focault ) wrote that research is concerned with building conceptual bridges for improving knowledge and the interaction among different communities. Such a bridge can open the advancements in dynamic capabilities and the educational objectives to practicing executives regarding critical learning capabilities, from which everyone would benefit.

AdviserJean Gordon
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsEntrepreneurship; Management; Business education
Publication Number3518068

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