Article: Strategic Capability Architecture

Strategic capability architecture: The role of network capability.

A firm’s network capability refers to its ability to build, handle and exploit relationships. Research article by Jukka Vesalainen (co-founder of Jakamo) and Henri Hakala demonstrates that these capabilities are interwoven in a complex configuration with the other capabilities and competencies of the firm and in practice, are very difficult to separate from them.

The paper introduces a framework for strategic capability architecture and investigates how network capability emerges from among the configuration of other capabilities in industrial firms.

As a result researchers were able to verify capability architectures for each firm that consist of truly competitive advantage producing capabilities. Results show that network capabilities are central to the formation of customer capabilities. Network capabilities also play an important role as assets contributing to the formation of other capability sets.

Article was published in Industrial Marketing Management, which is one of the top level journals in the field of industrial and business-to-business markets.

Jukka Vesalainen and Henri Hakala (2014). Strategic capability architecture: The role of network capability. Industrial Marketing Management 43, 938–950.




Jukka Vesalainen
Professor, University of Vaasa
Board member and Co-founder of Jakamo Limited