Adaptive capacity: proposition and validation of a measurement scale




Adaptive Capacity, Scale, Dynamic Capabilities



The paper aims to propose and validate a scale for measuring adaptive capacity in organizations.

Design / methodology / approach

To propose the scale dimensions, the model by Stabler and Sydow (2002) was taken into account and to propose the indicators for each dimension, previous studies related to the theme were analyzed based on a systematic review on academic bases. For quantitative validation of the scale, an e-survey was adopted in 122 organizations in the Northwest Colonial region of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, using structural equation modeling (MEE) with the SmartPLS 3.2.8 software as support.


The results of the study demonstrate the articulation of the indicators of Flexible Organizational Structure and Innovative Management, Plurality and Multifunctionality of Teams and Information Systems and Market Analysis result in a scale in which several aspects related to the existence of the development of adaptive capacities in organizations can be analyzed.

Research limitations / implications

It is noteworthy that the sample considered for the analysis is based on a specific region, therefore, its results should be interpreted with caution.

Practical implications

The scale contributes to instrumenting the managers allowing the identification of weaknesses, relevant to the dimensions and indicators, so that the managers can guide their efforts.

Originality / value

This study shows itself to be prominent, since its measurement and validation of a scale based on the development of adaptive capacity will allow, in such a way, other studies and also new comparisons for the advancement of the subject.


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Author Biographies

Felipe Cavalheiro Zaluski, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM)

PhD student in Administration from Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM).

Patrique Rosa Hedlund, Regional University of Blumenau Foundation (FURB)

PhD student in Accounting and Administration from Regional University of Blumenau Foundation (FURB)

Marcelo de Moraes Cordeiro, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)

PhD in Administration from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)

Jorge Oneide Sausen, Northwest Regional University of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (UNIJUÍ)

PhD in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC)


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How to Cite

Zaluski, F. C., Hedlund, P. R., Cordeiro, M. de M., & Sausen, J. O. (2022). Adaptive capacity: proposition and validation of a measurement scale. Revista De Administração Da UFSM, 15(1), 158–176.