Purpose The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the emerging concept of autotelic capabilities and their impact on operational capabilities, and in particular, technological capabilities.Designmethodologyapproach Autotelic capabilities and their dimensions are discussed since they constitute a novel framework for new venturing in knowledgeintensive, lowtech industries. Links among the dimensions of autotelic capabilities and technological capabilities formation are explored, focusing on production technologies.Findings The suggested links among autotelic and technological capabilities highlight the need to go beyond individualcentered explanations of entrepreneurial activities towards the formation of integrated capabilities. They strengthen the assumption that autotelic capabilities exist as higherorder capabilities in lowtech but knowledgeintensive venturing, are very specific, can be managed, and endue new ventures with technological capabilities.Research limitationsimplications As it is only a theoretical approach, the hypotheses validity needs empirical evaluation and further theory building and development. Research could include the rest of operational capabilities, issues of causalities and the empirical exploration of the concepts generalizability across a variety of contexts.Practical implications Entrepreneurial andor managerial teams should realize the importance of possessing and further cultivating autotelic capabilities in recognizing technological patterns connecting seemingly unrelated pieces of science and technologies. Intentional and organized cultivation of autotelic capabilities supports competitive new venture creation and sustainable development of both operational and dynamic capabilities.Originalityvalue The paper forms a part of the pioneering autotelic capabilities perspective, developed by the authors, which offers an alternative approach to much conventional entrepreneurial thinking. It is an original contribution to relevant literature, with both theoretical and practical value.
EuroMed Journal of Business – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 26, 2013
Keywords: Operations and production management; Technology‐led strategy; Entrepreneurialism; Low‐tech; Production technologies; Dynamic capabilities; Technological capabilities; Knowledge intensive entrepreneurship; Bricolage capability; Improvisational capability; Transcendental capability
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