Quotation de Araújo Bucharth, Ana Luiza, Lettl, Christopher, Ulhøi, John Parm. 2015. Extending organizational antecedents of absorptive capacity: Organizational characteristics that encourage experimentation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 90 (2015), 269-284.


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Absorptive capacity has generally been perceived as a "passive" outcome of R&D investments. Recently, however, a renewed debate on its "proactive" dimensions has emerged.We tap into this development and complement the existing discussion on combinative capabilities with a perspective that focuses on organizational characteristics that encourage experimentation. Specifically, we argue that characteristics such as slack resources, tolerance for failure, willingness to cannibalize and external openness are important organizational antecedents for knowledge absorption activities as they prevent inertia. Drawing on multi-informant survey data collected from SMEs in Denmark (n = 169), we find empirical support for the impact of these characteristics (except for tolerance for failure) on various aspects of absorptive capacity (both potential and realized). Before concluding, we discuss the theoretical and managerial implications of our study.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Extending organizational antecedents of absorptive capacity: Organizational characteristics that encourage experimentation
Volume 90
Number 2015
Year 2015
Page from 269
Page to 284
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2013.12.024

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Lettl, Christopher (Details)
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de Araújo Bucharth, Ana Luiza (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Ulhøi, John Parm (Aarhus University)
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Strategy, Technology and Organization IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
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