2017/08 LEM Working Paper Series

The formalization of organizational capabilities and learning: results and challenges

Giovanni Dosi, Marco Faillo, Virginia Cecchini Manara, Luigi Marengo, Daniele Moschella
Capabilities, Decomposability, Organizational structure, Problem-solving

  JEL Classifications
D21, D23, D83, L23

This work offers an overview of recent formalizations of organizational capabilities and learning. We first present the main characteristics both of NK models and of the approach based on Classifier Systems, focusing on their early applications to organization studies. We then discuss how the use of these models has contributed, in the recent years, to the formal analysis of the development and change of firm’s dynamic capabilities by improving our understanding of processes of organizational learning and adaptation, and of the relationship between cognitive and governance issues.
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