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Data-driven applications to foster absorptive capacity: A literature-based conceptualization

: Hofmann, P.; Stähle, P.; Buck, C.; Thorwarth, H.

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54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2021. Proceedings : Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hawaii, USA
Honolulu/Hawaii: Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa, 2021
ISBN: 978-0-9981331-4-0
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) <54, 2021, Online>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
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The relevance of data-driven applications for leveraging knowledge embedded in data is growing. Thereby, an organization's capability to create, disseminate, and exploit knowledge (i.e., absorptive capacity) is a decisive factor in gaining competitive advantages. In this paper, we address the lack of guidance on the development and application of data-driven applications fostering an organization's absorptive capacity. Based on a structured literature review, we derive seven data-driven application capabilities and match them with an established conceptualization of absorptive capacity. While previous literature did not allow for a specific analysis, our functional representation concretely demonstrates how data-driven applications composed of separate capabilities can foster absorptive capacity in manifold ways. This paper contributes to the literature by providing a structured literature review on the impact of IT on absorptive capacity as well as introducing theoreti cally-based and modularized data-driven application capabilities.