Managing Potential and Realized Absorptive Capacity: How do Organizational Antecedents Matter?
Justin J. P. Jansen
Rotterdam School of Management
Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
H. W. Volberda
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
Academy of Management Journal, Forthcoming
This study explores how organizational antecedents affect potential and realized absorptive capacity. Our study identifies differential effects for both components of absorptive capacity. Results indicate that organizational mechanisms associated with coordination capabilities (i.e. cross-functional interfaces, participation in decision-making, and job rotation) primarily enhance a unit's potential absorptive capacity. Organizational mechanisms associated with socialization capabilities (i.e. connectedness and socialization tactics) primarily increase a unit's realized absorptive capacity. Our findings reveal why units may have difficulties in managing levels of potential and realized absorptive capacity and vary in their ability to create value from their absorptive capacity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: Absorptive Capacity, Combinative Capabilities, Knowledge, Organizational Learning, Antecedents
JEL Classification: D21, M10, M13, L80Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 7, 2005
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