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

Niall G. MacKenzie*, Andrew Perchard, David Mackay, George Burt

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalBusiness History
Early online date16 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jun 2022

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