From sensing shape to shaping sense: A dynamic model of absorptive capacity and selective revealing

Oliver Alexy, Gerard George, Ammon Salter

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Abstract

The concept of absorptive capacity is mainly agnostic to the iterative nature of knowledge production processes. We extend it to a dynamic model, in which firms can influence future spillovers they receive by selectively revealing knowledge today. We derive two strategies, signaling and steering, allowing firms to exhibit managerial agency to increase structural and content compatibility of external knowledge. We explicate potential goals, highlight boundary conditions, and discuss implications for innovation strategy and organization theory.

Original languageEnglish
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, AOM 2011 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 12 Aug 201116 Aug 2011

Conference

Conference71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, AOM 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period12/08/1116/08/11

Keywords

  • Absorptive capacity
  • Knowledge
  • Selective revealing

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