New Audio Article – Whiskey and Dynamic Capabilities

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This week, we are making another audio version of an Open Access article available as a podcast. This article appeared in “Business History” advance online in June 2022.

Unlocking Dynamic Capabilities in the Scotch Whisky Industry, 1945 to present

By Niall G MacKenzie, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.

Andrew Perchard, Northumbria University.

David Mackay, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde.

George Burt, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling.


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.–Whiskey-and-Dynamic-Capabilities–by-Mackenzie-et-al—Business-History–2022-e1r6kdg

Want to listen to academic articles in a podcast format?

We are running this as a trial to see if having academic articles available as podcast (where the text is just being read out by an automatically generated voice) is a helpful format. Maybe when you are stuck in traffic, or on a really crowded train/bus, or training for a marathon, or your eyes just hurt too much to read another academic article – who knows! Maybe you are more audial then visual in your learning style? Whatever the reason, we’d love some feedback from you if this a good format for OHN, and if so, what kind of content we should make available as podcasts. You can post comments below this blog.

Audio version of the Journal of World Business article:

Introducing the eventful temporality of historical research into international business

By Stephanie Decker


Historical research represents an alternative understanding of temporality that can contribute to greater methodological and theoretical plurality in international business (IB) research. Historians focus on the importance of events within their historical context and structure their accounts through periodisation, assume that the temporal distance between the past and present determines the temporal positionality of researchers, and seek to reconstruct past events through historical sources, which require critical interpretation. Historical research provides an alternative methodological approach to temporality, context, and distance with relevance to a range of IB theories.


History – Temporality – Event – Temporal distance – Interpretation


The whole article is available as a podcast. Check out our new podcast channel, also named Organizational History Network, on Anchor, Spotify and Apple Podcast, for some different types of content: