Unlocking dynamic capabilities in the Scotch whisky industry, 1945–present

MacKenzie, Niall G., Perchard, Andrew, Mackay, David and Burt, George (2022) Unlocking dynamic capabilities in the Scotch whisky industry, 1945–present. Business History. pp. 1-21. ISSN 0007-6791 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2022.2085251


In this article we examine the development of the Scotch whisky industry since 1945 through the lens of dynamic capabilities. We explain how sui generis acts—novel initiatives outwith the established repertoire of practices of a firm or industry—by external actors joining the industry helped unlock dynamic capabilities at the firm level in the industry which in turn drove change across the sector after a series of takeovers. We detail the key structural changes in the Scotch whisky industry and demonstrate how important external actors can be in effecting sector level change by extending and connecting our analysis to existing debates in business history and strategy research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dynamic capabilities, Scotch whisky, sector change, innovation, marketing
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:45
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50434

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