Promoting organisational development in the knowledge economy: the T-shaped capabilities

Sergio Barile, Cristina Simone, Mario Calabrese, Antonio La Sala


With the aim of deepening the study of the individual and organisational capabilities set necessary to survive and develop in a knowledge economy, in this study we theoretically explore and discuss the concept of ‘T-shaped’ capabilities. The paper is rooted in the recent notion of ‘T-shaped’ endowment and moves from the distinction between capabilities and competences. A T-Shaped profile includes both vertical competences (I-Shaped competences) and ‘horizontal capabilities’. After analyzing the T-shaped endowment at an individual level, we propose an innovative organisational design characterized by a nesting (“recursive”) architecture of T-shaped capabilities; then we discuss the crucial set of organisational variables necessary to effective develop an organisation by fostering and managing T-shaped capabilities.. Managerial implication and future research paths are finally discussed.

Parole chiave

T-shaped capabilities; knowledge economy; information variety; organisational development.

ISSN: 1971-5293

ISSNe: 2283-3374

Esperienze d'Impresa, Reg. Tribunale Salerno n. 875 del 3/11/1993