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This dissertation aims to unpack the “capability rigidity paradox” within the dynamic capability view. Consequently, the author tackles one of the core challenges in strategic management of the past decades. Providing a novel and thorough literature review on dynamic capabilities from the point of this paradox, the author discusses the current state of the literature to derive the core shortcommings meticulously. A case study of capability evolution in the German Armed Forces is interpreted against the backdrop of a strategy as process and practice lens, thus, allowing to propose the concept of meso-level dynamic capabilities without falling prey to the capability rigidity paradox.