Title: The mediation role of absorptive capacity on environmental dynamism's effect on sustainable competitive advantage (evidence from Indonesian tertiary education)

Authors: Astadi Pangarso; Endang Siti Astuti; Kusdi Raharjo; Tri Wulida Afrianty

Addresses: Business Administration Department, Faculty of Administrative Science, Brawijaya University, Jl. MT. Haryono 163, Malang 65145, East Java, Indonesia; Business Administration Department, Telkom University, Jl. Telekomunikasi, Terusan Buah Batu, Bandung 40257, West Java, Indonesia ' Business Administration Department, Faculty of Administrative Science, Brawijaya University, Jl. MT. Haryono 163, Malang 65145, East Java, Indonesia ' Business Administration Department, Faculty of Administrative Science, Brawijaya University, Jl. MT. Haryono 163, Malang 65145, East Java, Indonesia ' Business Administration Department, Faculty of Administrative Science, Brawijaya University, Jl. MT. Haryono 163, Malang 65145, East Java, Indonesia

Abstract: This study aims to examine the theoretical framework related to the effect of environmental dynamism on sustainable competitive advantage mediated by knowledge infrastructure capability and absorptive capacity. The research method used was a survey with a questionnaire focused on 530 respondents from 64 non-vocational private-tertiary education institutions (PTEI) in the area of Bandung, West Java Province, Indonesia. The collected data was then processed using SPSS and Smart PLS. The results of the data processing show that the knowledge infrastructure capability does not significantly mediate the influence of environmental dynamism towards sustainable competitive advantage. However, absorptive capacity is proven to positively and significantly fully mediate the impact of environmental dynamism on sustainable competitive advantage. This research is relevant because it indirectly influences the preparation of Indonesian tertiary education institutions in realising the Golden Indonesia 2045. Research on the influence of environmental dynamism and sustainable competitive advantage still opens up the research gap to be empirically reconduct using mediation variables.

Keywords: environmental dynamism; knowledge infrastructure capability; KIC; absorptive capacity; sustainable competitive advantage; SCA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBEX.2020.10031632

International Journal of Business Excellence, 2022 Vol.27 No.4, pp.447 - 478

Received: 21 Nov 2019
Accepted: 09 Jan 2020

Published online: 30 Aug 2022 *

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