Absorptive Capacity: Antecedents, Models and Outcomes

54 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2006

See all articles by Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch

Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Raymond van Wijk

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

H. W. Volberda

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Date Written: July 2003 5,

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the gap between the speed of proliferation of theoretical and empirical contributions and the speed of accumulation of the acquired scientific knowledge regarding absorptive capacity. To contribute to narrowing this gap, we will in particular review the conceptual developments of the absorptive capacity construct. Based on the seminal contributions of Cohen & Levinthal (1989, 1990) we will provide a brief overview of the various conceptual attributes of this construct, like the definition, antecedents and consequences, and levels of analysis involved. Next, we will assess the refinements, extensions and reconceptualizations of this construct in the literature. Furthermore, from the perspective of viewing models as mediating instruments between theory and empirical phenomena (Morgan and Morrison, 1999), we will analyze efforts to build conceptual models. Finally, we will address the progress made, select key problems and we will formulate future research directions to improve the multilevel and transdisciplinary characteristics of absorptive capacity.

Keywords: absorptive capacity, knowledge, innovation

JEL Classification: M, L20, L15

Suggested Citation

Van Den Bosch, Frans A. J. and van Wijk, Raymond and Volberda, Henk W., Absorptive Capacity: Antecedents, Models and Outcomes (July 2003 5,). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2003-035-STR. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=411675

Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch

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

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Raymond Van Wijk

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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Henk W. Volberda (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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