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Ana Burcharth

Revisiting Absorptive Capacity: An Empirical Study On Knowledge Acquisition And Assimilation

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  • Centre for Organizational Renewal and Evolution (CORE)
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Marketing and Statistics
Absorptive capacity has mostly been perceived as a 'passive' outcome of R&D investments. Recently, however, a growing interest into its 'proactive' potentials has emerged. This paper taps into this development and proposes a dynamic model for conceptualizing the determinants of the complementary learning processes of absorptive capacity, which comprise combinative and adaptive capabilities. Drawing on survey data (n=169), the study concludes that combinative capabilities primarily enhance transformative and exploratory learning processes, while adaptive capabilities strengthen all three learning processes, with emphasis on exploitative learning. Before concluding, the paper addresses implications for theory and practice and limitations of this study.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 6 Aug 201010 Aug 2010


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting

    Research areas

  • absorptive capacity, organizational antecedents, dynamic capabilities

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