Antecedents of Absorptive Capacity: A New Model for Developing Learning Processes

Rezaei Zadeh, Mohammad and Darwish, Tamer K (2016) Antecedents of Absorptive Capacity: A New Model for Developing Learning Processes. Learning Organization, 23 (1). pp. 77-91. ISSN 0969-6474

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide an integrated framework to indicate which antecedents of absorptive capacity (AC) influence its learning processes, and to propose testing of this model in future work. Design/Methodology/Approach: Relevant literature into the antecedents of AC was critically reviewed and analysed with the objective of categorising and explaining the influence of AC on learning processes, including exploratory, transformative and exploitative learning. Findings: By considering the level of learning, the proposed model demonstrates that the antecedents of AC vary, comprising exploratory, transformative and exploitative learning processes. Moreover, this study reveals the complex interplay between the antecedents of AC. Research Limitations/Implications: The proposed model was developed theoretically, thus pending further empirical validation according to environmental turbulence, knowledge characteristics and modes of governance. This study also urges researchers to explore whether or not the antecedents of AC differ based on organisational outcomes. Practical Implications: The model can be put into a testable template for use by researchers. It further guides managers in developing effective processes for learning to use external knowledge. Originality/Value: It is the first work to schematically bring together and discuss the antecedents of AC and its influence on learning processes, and further provides a framework capable of facilitating the empirical testing of this nexus. Keywords: Absorptive capacity, Exploratory learning, Transformative learning, Exploitative learning. Paper Type: Conceptual.

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Additional Information: This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/TLO-04-2015-0026. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Absorptive capacity, Transformative learning, Exploitative learning, Exploratory learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Tamer Darwish
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 10:20
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 11:54
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2916

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