Title: University-industry collaboration and absorption capacity in knowledge creation in Latin America

Authors: Dayanis García-Hurtado; Carlos Devece; Valmir Emil Hoffmann

Addresses: Department of Organization and Planning, University of Ciego de Ávila, 65100-Ciego de Ávila, Cuba ' Department of Business Organization, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, 46022, Valencia, Spain ' Graduate Program of Accounting and Finance, Federal University of Santa Catarina, 88040900 – Florianópolis, S C, Brazil

Abstract: Knowledge creation is a critical factor in countries' economic development because advancing in technological innovation depends on effective knowledge management. The objective of this work is to explore the causal relationships that condition knowledge creation in Latin America. For this purpose, a comparative qualitative analysis of fuzzy sets (FsQCA) was carried out to explore the causal relationships between University-Industry (U-I) collaboration and absorption capacity that result in knowledge creation regionally in Latin America. This study identified two configurations for the study period (2016-2021) that suggest different alternatives to enhance knowledge creation. The findings indicate the importance of U-I collaboration in developing economies which do not have the capacity to create leading knowledge, but can at least absorb existing knowledge and apply it internally to gain benefits when faced with financial resource constraints.

Keywords: absorption capacity; university-industry collaboration; knowledge creation; Latin America; FsQCA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSOI.2022.123565

International Journal of Services Operations and Informatics, 2022 Vol.12 No.1, pp.58 - 69

Received: 10 Feb 2022
Accepted: 14 Feb 2022

Published online: 27 Jun 2022 *

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