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  • Exploring the elements of absorptive capacity: Large-scale interview study of 61 companies in Estonia   Order a copy of this article
    by Mait Rungi, Valeria Kiisk 
    Abstract: Increasingly dynamic business environment encourages companies to constantly combine externally available information and internal ideas, in a struggle to maximize firm performance. Companys ability to capture external knowledge and to use it for own benefits is shaped by organizational absorptive capacity. By using a multiple-case study approach and utilizing interview data obtained from interviews with 61 companies, the current paper explores the recently proposed new model of the phenomenon, suggesting that it is a set of success factors rather than a process. The work provides an in-depth study on the suggested elements and patterns building up the phenomenon. The paper demonstrates that companies value external information, sourcing it and making their strategic choices based on the competitive situation. While providing support for the suggested model of absorptive capacity, the results also unravel common elements of its subsets: process-driven innovation, reliance on competitors and clients, importance of employees.
    Keywords: Absorptive capacity; knowledge management; organizational learning; dynamic capabilities.