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Lewandowska Małgorzata Stefania (Warsaw School of Economics, Poland)
Capturing Absorptive Capacity: Concepts, Determinants, Measurement Modes and Role in Open Innovation
International Journal of Management and Economics, 2015, nr 45, s. 32-56, rys., tab., bibliogr. 100 poz.
Zeszyty Naukowe / Szkoła Główna Handlowa. Kolegium Gospodarki Światowej
Wiedza, Przedsiębiorstwo, Otwarte innowacje
Knowledge, Enterprises, Open innovation
Absorptive capacity (ACAP) enables firm to adjust to a rapidly changing environment and achieve sustained competitive advantage. This study contributes to the existing body of knowledge on ACAP by providing a comprehensive literature review of the various conceptual attributes of the construct, its determinants, outcomes, and positive and negative consequences of using its input-oriented, output-oriented, and perceptive measurement modes. Proposals for constructing ACAP based on the Community Innovation Survey (CIS) empirically illustrate for the conceptual part of the paper. Additionally, combining concepts of absorptive capacity and open innovation (which is still rare in the literature)provides a new perspective on the role of absorptive capacity in opening up the innovation process. This advances the understanding of both inter-related proposals. The article also identifies key problems and formulates future research directions to improve the multi-level characteristics of absorptive capacity. (original abstract)
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