Exploring the absorptive capacity routines' dynamics. A multiple case study
AbstractOur research aims is to explore the dynamics of Absorptive Capacity (AC) routines, investigating the emergence of recognition and assimilation practices in innovative organizations. The study contributes to the understanding of routines enactment at the intersection of two streams of research: studies on routines dynamics and the process-based approach on absorptive capacity. We answer the call for a micro-foundation of studies on AC, investigating its emergence process and its determinants, by focusing on the role of individual and collective agency. Research finding enriches the literature in two directions. First we extend literature on the routinesÕ enactment dynamics, showing how individual Òtaking chargeÓ behaviours act as a trigger of change and how they are reinforced at collective level. We suggest that collective agency underpin the dynamics of routine enactment, activated by new extra-role behaviour. Second, by a multiple case-study, we provide rich grounded examples of the AC routine enactment dynamics.
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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2013
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absorptive capacity; routines dynamics; recognition; assimilation; taking charge;
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- NEP-CSE-2013-09-06 (Economics of Strategic Management)
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