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Firm Resources’ Entanglement Determines ITS Absorptive Capacity: A Review Towards A New Reconceptualization

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  • Hammady Ahmed DINE RABEH

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    (Laboratoire de Recherche sur l'Industrie et l'Innovation. ULCO)

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    The capability of a company to absorb external information is crucial for companies, since knowledge is largely considered as a highly valuable source of competitive advantage. Accordingly, an increasing number of publications dealing with this issue have been performed. A plethora of academic works about absorptive capacity (hereinafter ACAP) indicates a need for reviewing it since there is no common agreement about a unique definition and measurement of the same. This paper, aims at shedding a new light on the state of art of absorptive capacity, offering at the same time a certain reconceptualization which may give a new insight towards a new re-dimensionalization of the ACAP construct. Such approaching is rooted in firm’s resources and capabilities, emphasizing the financial aspect, which has almost been neglected in prior researches about this issue.

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    Paper provided by Laboratoire de Recherche sur l'Industrie et l'Innovation. ULCO / Research Unit on Industry and Innovation in its series Working Papers with number 270.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2013
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    Publication status: Published in Cahiers du Lab.RII, June 2013
    Handle: RePEc:rii:riidoc:270

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    Keywords: absorptive capacity; innovation management; reconceptualization;

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