The Scientific Production about Dynamic Capabilities: A Bibliometric Study from 1997 to 2018




Dynamic Capabilities, Competitive advantage, Bibliometry


Objective: The objective of this research was to carry out a bibliometric review on the literature related to the Dynamic Capabilities Approach, from 1997 to 2018, using the Web of Science database, in order to present the research scenario, highlighting authors, themes and trends.

Method: Bibliometrics guidelines were followed with the application of the three basic laws: Lotka, Bradford and Zipf, cocitation analysis and bibliographic coupling were also used. Both measure the strength of the link between the publications and evaluate whether the relationship produces any proximity, similarity, complementarity or even thematic, textual or methodological opposition between the documents.

Originality / Relevance: This study showed the pronounced evolution of this approach between 1997 and 2018, confirming previous studies and reviews. The use of different data analysis techniques stands out, which contributed to highlight similarities, approaches and contrasts of the literature studied.

Results: The dynamic capabilities approach as one of the main references in the field of strategy to obtain competitive advantage in a competitive and dynamic context. The growth in the number of publications was evidenced, mainly in the last years, the concentration of publications in North American and English magazines, the most cited work being the study by Teece, Pisano and Shuen (1997). The bibliographic coupling of the most closely related documents produced three distinct clusters, obviously determined by the strength of the relationship produced by their proximity, complementarity or even thematic and methodological opposition.

Theoretical / methodological contributions: Contributes to the understanding of this field of study, as well as, its different aspects with similarities, differences and complementarities, offering a current scenario of its evolution and possible future directions of research such as the study of some elements of the capabilities dynamics (micro-foundations, moderating role, managerial and operational capabilities, absorptive and innovative capabilities) and the their relationship with other themes (organizational ambidexterity, entrepreneurship and performance).


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Author Biographies

Alex Patrick Gonçalves Oliveira, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU

Graduação em Administração pela Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU, Minas Gerais, (Brasil).

Ligia Maria Silveira Saito, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU

Mestranda em Gestão Organizacional pela Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU, Minas Gerais, (Brasil). 

Carlos Roberto Domingues, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU

Doutor em Administração pela Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo - FGV/EAESP, São Paulo, (Brasil).  Professor Universitário na Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU, Minas Gerais.


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How to Cite

Oliveira, A. P. G., Saito, L. M. S., & Domingues, C. R. (2020). The Scientific Production about Dynamic Capabilities: A Bibliometric Study from 1997 to 2018. Future Studies Research Journal: Trends and Strategies, 12(2), 223–241.



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