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The organisational struggle to maintain and refine, yet also necessarily to renew and replace core capabilities, is a complex, and at times paradoxical, challenge. This paper reflects on this managerial task and on the difficulties and tensions inhering in its possible resolution. In sum, it asks how can the need to leverage competence for today be balanced with the requirement to build competence for tomorrow?
O'Driscoll, A., Carson, D., Gilmore, A.: The Competence Trap: Exploring Issues in Winning and Sustaining Core Competence. Irish Journal of Management, 2001, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 73-90.