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date: 09 April 2020

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We assess the role that organizational learning plays in the development of dynamic capabilities which confer sustained competitive advantage on firms. We argue that learning from the experience of others is a mechanism for developing dynamic capabilities. We examine how firms can learn from the prior experiences of their founders and other employees and identify the conditions under which this learning is most likely to occur. We develop how characteristics of the organizational context and characteristics of the knowledge being transferred condition a firm’s ability to learn from others. The chapter concludes with a set of expectations that we hope will stimulate future research on the important question of how learning from the experience of others enables firms to develop dynamic capabilities.

Keywords: Organizational learning, dynamic capabilities, personnel movement, knowledge transfer, competitive advantage

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