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Extending Organizational Antecedents Of Absorptive Capacity: Organizational Characteristics that Encourage Experimentation

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Extending Organizational Antecedents Of Absorptive Capacity : Organizational Characteristics that Encourage Experimentation. / Burcharth, Ana Luiza de Araújo; Lettl, Christopher; Ulhøi, John Parm.

In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 90, No. Part A, 2015, p. 269-284.

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Burcharth, Ana Luiza de Araújo ; Lettl, Christopher ; Ulhøi, John Parm. / Extending Organizational Antecedents Of Absorptive Capacity : Organizational Characteristics that Encourage Experimentation. In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 2015 ; Vol. 90, No. Part A. pp. 269-284.

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