Developing dynamic capabilities for corporate sustainability: The role of sustainable knowledge transfer between supply chain partners

Qile He, Qiang Wu, Yanqing Duan

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Abstract

Persistent differences in corporate commitments to sustainability have led to an
increasing debate. However, reasons behind such differences still lack a generic
theorization. We propose that a key source of these differences lies in what we define
as dynamic capabilities for corporate sustainability. These conceptualized capabilities
can be disaggregated into three distinctive but related capabilities for firms to: (1)
sense the emerging needs of various stakeholders, (2) identify profitable opportunities
from the rapidly changing sustainable expectations, and (3) modify existing functional
capabilities and their combinative patterns. It is our argument that sustainable
knowledge transfer between supply chain partners plays a crucial role in improving
the development of these three capabilities. We conclude this argument by providing
a theoretical framework and a set of propositions for future empirical test.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event12th EURAM Annual Conference - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Jun 20128 Jun 2012

Conference

Conference12th EURAM Annual Conference
CountryNetherlands
CityRotterdam
Period2/06/128/06/12

Keywords

  • Dynamic Capabilities
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Sustainable Knowledge Transfer

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