Environmental capability development in a multi-stakeholder network setting: dynamic learning through multi-stakeholder interactions

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Baranova, P. 2022. Environmental capability development in a multi-stakeholder network setting: dynamic learning through multi-stakeholder interactions. Business Strategy and the Environment. 2022, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3091
AuthorsBaranova, P.
Abstract

The study offers a nuanced view of multi-stakeholder networks (MSNs) as settings for capability development through learning. Unlike numerous studies of capability development in networks being framed through a resource-based perspective, the study applies a knowledge-based view. This approach addresses the limitations of a generic treatment of learning towards capability development in the existing literature. The paper explores the learning mechanisms and characteristics of learning towards environmental capability in an MSN where stakeholder interactions shape the learning. A qualitative case study research design is used to explore capability development experiences of 15 organisations as part of a well-established pro-environmental MSN with over 140 members operating in the Midlands. The study reveals a synergetic pattern in the technical, relational and suitability skills development towards environmental capability. Capability development is also characterised by situated, collective and opportunity led learning features. The findings confirm the significance of a stakeholder diversity for the development of relational skills in a network setting. The study advances a knowledge-based view of capability development by framing the multi-stakeholder networks as dynamic learning systems for capability development. Managerial implications are drawn including the broadening of the skills spectrum for environmental capability development; paying attention to the learning settings and patterns of learning as part of capability development; and engaging with MSNs as dynamic learning systems for sustainable development.

Keywords capability development; environmental capability; knowledge-based view; learning; multi-stakeholder network; stakeholders
Year2022
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Journal citation2022, pp. 1-15
PublisherWiley Blackwell
ISSN1099-0836
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3091
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bse.3091
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Deposited29 Apr 2022
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