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Absorptive capacity, innovation, and financial performance

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  • Kostopoulos, Konstantinos
  • Papalexandris, Alexandros
  • Papachroni, Margarita
  • Ioannou, George

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This study here examines the role of absorptive capacity as both a mechanism to identify and translate external knowledge inflows into tangible benefits, as well as a means of achieving superior innovation and time-lagged financial performance. Using path analysis in a sample of 461 Greek enterprises participating in the third Community Innovation Survey, this study demonstrates that external knowledge inflows are directly related to absorptive capacity and indirectly related to innovation. Absorptive capacity contributes, directly and indirectly, to innovation and financial performance but in different time spans. This study, therefore, contributes to the understanding of absorptive capacity's antecedents and outcomes by providing empirical evidence of longitudinal form that offers important research and practical implications.

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  • Kostopoulos, Konstantinos & Papalexandris, Alexandros & Papachroni, Margarita & Ioannou, George, 2011. "Absorptive capacity, innovation, and financial performance," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 64(12), pages 1335-1343.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:64:y:2011:i:12:p:1335-1343
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2010.12.005
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