Building an integrated conceptual model of competitive learning capability: a strategic management perspective

Dilnaz Muneeb, Kok Wei Khong, Christine Ennew, Mohan Avvari

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide insights into the overarching role of learning capabilities by presenting a framework to describe how learning capability development is captured by combining the three main elements of internal marketing orientation, exploratory capabilities and resource recombination. Design/methodology/approach: This is a conceptual paper building upon the theoretical integration approach of Mayer and Sparrowe (2013) to establish competitive empowerment through learning capability development, effective internal response and resources recombination. Findings: The competitive learning capability model provides a firm’s foundation for theorizing organizational competitive models from an internal perspective, by mastering learning capability development at the centre of the model. Research limitations/implications: The paper emphasizes the competitive connotation of learning capabilities as a construct in strategic management. It shows the underlying role of learning across organizational processes; hence, its theoretical significance through the learning capabilities model. Practical implications: This paper argues that learning is at the centre of organizational competitiveness. Firms can achieve more fruitful results by continuously implementing resource integration strategies built on their learned experiences. Originality/value: The principal significance of this paper lies in the achievement of conceptualizing learning from a strategic management perspective. Insight in this area helps bridge organizational efforts in pursuit of competitive advantage by exploiting key core learning competencies embedded in a firm’s resources and capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-287
Number of pages21
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Competitive learning capability
  • Dynamic capabilities
  • Internal market orientation
  • Organizational competitiveness
  • Resources recombination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Public Administration


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