Abstract

Firms with strong dynamic capabilities (DCs) are intensely entrepreneurial and more effective in configuring and reconfiguring their portfolio of entrepreneurial competences in changing environments (Teece, Pisano & Shuen 1997). Scholars agree regarding the influence of DCs by micro-level origins, defined to be a driver of entrepreneurial behavior and heterogeneity in general (Abell, Felin & Foss, 2008). The evolution of a firm’s DCs depends on learning processes, seen as micro-level origins of DCs (Zollo & Winter 2002). Micro-level origins of DCs have not yet been empirically analyzed in an entrepreneurial context and research about the link between DCs and micro issues helps to understand the evolvement of DCs in entrepreneurial firms (Easterby-Smith, Lyles & Peteraf 2009).

This study empirically examines the influence of certain learning methods (learning from experience, learning through improvisation, learning by experimentation, trial-and-error learning, learning through imitation) as micro-level origins on dynamic marketing and dynamic R&D capabilities in young and established entrepreneurial firms.

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