Exploring the microfoundations of nomadic dynamic capabilities: The example of flying winemakers

Using the illustration of flying winemakers, this conceptual paper looks at international entrepreneurship and the microfoundations of dynamic capabilities to explore how nomad entrepreneurs manage dynamic capabilities in global contexts.

We first identify the key features of nomad entrepreneurs and their relationship with their environment to conceptualize nomadic dynamic capabilities. We then analyze the specific role of knowledge transfer in managing nomadic dynamic capabilities and put forward a stylized model of the microfoundations of nomadic dynamic capabilities.

We contribute to the international entrepreneurship and global dynamic capabilities literature by investigating the role of nomad entrepreneurs as connectors both across and beyond borders for globalized industries.

We also contribute to the microfoundations of the dynamic capabilities stream of literature by emphasizing the sources of nomadic dynamic capabilities and their role in a micro-level driven research agenda in terms of the concrete actions of nomad entrepreneurs to elucidate higher-level phenomena.

The research of Sylvaine Castellano.