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Absorptive capacity (of organizations)

: Gebauer, Heiko; Worch, Hagen


Wright, James D.:
International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences. 2. ed.
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-08-097087-5
ISBN: 978-0-08-097086-8 (Print)
Aufsatz in Buch
Fraunhofer IMW ()

A firm's competitive advantage originates increasingly from absorbing external knowledge. Absorbing external knowledge and the underlying learning processes are referred to as a company's absorptive capacity. In this article, we outline research trends on absorptive capacity. We apply a bibliometric analysis to describe the concept's historical development, define the intellectual core of the absorptive capacity concept, and discuss recent conceptualizations. Then, we identify two prominent streams in the absorptive capacity literature and provide a new approach on how to integrate them. Finally, we provide an outlook on possible themes in future research on absorptive capacity.