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How and Why Individuals Contribute to Organizational Absorptive Capacity
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8103-2519
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0656-4419
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

At the organizational level absorptive capacity (ACAP) has been shown to lead to increased innovativeness, sales growth and competitive advantage. However, most studies adopt abstract firm level measures for absorptive capacity (e.g. R&D intensity) which provides little insight on how firms can work proactively to build ACAP. Therefore, recent literature calls for more in-depth research of the micro-foundations of ACAP at individual and team levels. This study seeks to contribute to such insights by focusing on the mechanisms that direct individual involvement in activities that contribute to ACAP. By means of multiple case studies with multi-national engineering firms we uncover key drivers, hinders and inhibitors toward individual contributions to absorption of new knowledge. Our results provide significant implications for literature as well as management practice.

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2015.
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34723Local ID: 900afb22-9372-4817-a1fa-a05d10525366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-34723DiVA, id: diva2:1007974
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CINet Conference 2015 : 13/09/2015 - 15/09/2015
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Godkänd; 2015; 20150714 (davron)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved

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