Title: Resources, absorptive capacity, and technology sourcing

Authors: Hongwu Ouyang

Addresses: Graduate School of Business, Fordham University, 113 W. 60th St., New York, NY 10023, USA

Abstract: This paper explores the determinants of firms| external technology sourcing mode. Instead of focusing on opportunistic behaviour in knowledge transactions and assuming minimising transaction costs as a firms| objective, I focus on firms| absorptive capacity and emphasise gains from knowledge transfer in technology sourcing. I analyse how a firm matches a sourcing mode with its absorptive capacity to enhance knowledge transfer in technology sourcing, and I find positive relations between a firms| absorptive capacity and interactive technology sourcing modes.

Keywords: absorptive capacity; China; knowledge transfer; learning; resources; technology sourcing; technology management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2008.015991

International Journal of Technology Management, 2008 Vol.41 No.1/2, pp.183 - 202

Published online: 02 Dec 2007 *

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