Managing Potential and Realized Absorptive Capacity: How Do Organizational Antecedents Matter?

Academy of Management Journal, Forthcoming

41 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2005

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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)

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Abstract

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.

Keywords: Absorptive Capacity, Combinative Capabilities, Knowledge, Organizational Learning, Antecedents

JEL Classification: D21, M10, M13, L80

Suggested Citation

Jansen, Justin J. P. and Van Den Bosch, Frans A. J. and Volberda, Henk W., Managing Potential and Realized Absorptive Capacity: How Do Organizational Antecedents Matter?. Academy of Management Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=736683

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Frans A. J. Van Den Bosch

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

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Henk W. Volberda

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

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