Digital Agility

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1318

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Digital innovations are fundamentally transforming incumbent firms. Accordingly, many firms established dedicated agile units that focus on digital innovation: digital innovation units (DIUs). DIUs assist incumbents –in addition to other tasks– in identifying digital trends that could harm day-to-day business. Despite recent publications about objectives or structures of DIUs, little attention is given to their dynamic capabilities (DynCaps). Based on a structured literature review on DynCaps, digital innovation, and agility in organizations, our illustration of the Dynamic Capability Jungle provides a structured overview of DynCaps and their interrelationships as well as assists in classifying the plethora of different definitions. We identified foundational and extensional DynCaps needed in or realized within different setups of DIUs. We contribute to research by connecting DynCap research to the nascent DIU research stream. Our Dynamic Capability Jungle may assist in overcoming and tackling multifaceted and sometimes competing concerns while establishing DIUs.

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Aug 9th, 12:00 AM

Towards a Foundational and Extensional Dynamic Capability Perspective on Digital Innovation Units

Digital innovations are fundamentally transforming incumbent firms. Accordingly, many firms established dedicated agile units that focus on digital innovation: digital innovation units (DIUs). DIUs assist incumbents –in addition to other tasks– in identifying digital trends that could harm day-to-day business. Despite recent publications about objectives or structures of DIUs, little attention is given to their dynamic capabilities (DynCaps). Based on a structured literature review on DynCaps, digital innovation, and agility in organizations, our illustration of the Dynamic Capability Jungle provides a structured overview of DynCaps and their interrelationships as well as assists in classifying the plethora of different definitions. We identified foundational and extensional DynCaps needed in or realized within different setups of DIUs. We contribute to research by connecting DynCap research to the nascent DIU research stream. Our Dynamic Capability Jungle may assist in overcoming and tackling multifaceted and sometimes competing concerns while establishing DIUs.

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