Connecting Absorptive Capacity and Open Innovation

22 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2008

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Wim Vanhaverbeke

University of Surrey; Hasselt University; ESADE Business School

Vareska Van de Vrande

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Myriam Cloodt

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)

Date Written: February 7, 2008

Abstract

Open innovation provides a general view how firms can benefit from external sources of knowledge. Absorptive capacity is crucial in explaining why some companies are much better than others in creating and capturing value from in-sourcing externally developed technology and from collaboration with innovation partners. Absorptive capacity and the outside - in dimension of open innovation are inevitably linked to each other. The purpose of this paper is to analyze how absorptive capacity and the outside-in dimension of open innovation can be linked to each other. We claim that recent insights from open innovation practices in companies entail several clues to enrich the concept of absorptive capacity and to improve our understanding how management decisions can strengthen a firm's ability to learn from its external environment.

Keywords: absorptive capacity, open innovation, external technology sourcing

JEL Classification: M13, O32, L22, L14

Suggested Citation

Vanhaverbeke, Wim and Vanhaverbeke, Wim and Van de Vrande, Vareska and Cloodt, Myriam, Connecting Absorptive Capacity and Open Innovation (February 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1091265 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1091265

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Vareska Van de Vrande

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Myriam Cloodt

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) ( email )

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