Developing a sustainable competitive advantage: absorptive capacity, knowledge transfer and organizational learning

Published on Dec 1, 2017in Journal of Technology Transfer4.04
· DOI :10.1007/s10961-016-9532-1
Shu-Hsien Liao28
Estimated H-index: 28
(TKU: Tamkang University),
Chih-Chiang Chen2
Estimated H-index: 2
(USAFA: United States Air Force Academy)
+ 2 AuthorsMin-Ju Yang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(TKU: Tamkang University)
Abstract This study proposes a theoretical model to investigate a sustainable competitive advantage (CA) by developing the absorptive capacity (AC), knowledge transfer (TR), organizational learning (OL) and in Taiwan’s financial and high technology industries. Structural equation modeling is employed to examine the influence between each variable and whether their relationships are varied in these two different industries. The study population comprises the top 100 financial and top 1000 high-technology enterprises in Taiwan published by Common Wealth Magazine in 2012. A total of 345 valid responses were collected. The research results indicate that OL serves as partial and full mediators between AC, TR and CA respectively. In addition, moderating effect exists in different industries on the theoretical model. Finally, discussion and implications are described for concluding research findings.
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Published on Jun 1, 2017in Journal of Technology Transfer4.04
Bárbara Larrañeta5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Pablo de Olavide University),
José Luis Galán González13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Seville),
Rocio Aguilar1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Pablo de Olavide University)
This paper examines the performance implications of efforts in absorptive capacity development for new ventures, companies in their eight first years of existence. We distinguish between corporate ventures (CVs) and ventures created by independent entrepreneurs (IVs) and explore the extent to which they vary in: (1) the emphasis on building different absorptive capacity dimensions and (2) their performance gains from absorptive capacity dimensions. Using data from 140 new ventures, our results s...
Published on Jan 1, 2017
Elkin Olaguer Pérez Sánchez1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Grupo México),
Iván Darío Toro Jaramillo2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UPB: Pontifical Bolivarian University),
Blanca Yenny Hernandez Sánchez1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Grupo México)
Published on Aug 1, 2016in Journal of Technology Transfer4.04
Claudio Cozza8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UniTS: University of Trieste),
Antonello Zanfei20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Urbino)
Abstract While it is widely acknowledged that internal RD and it is even higher in the case of the few Italian firms that have R&D activities abroad. The relative dis-advantage of independent firms, which represent the bulk of the Italian industry and include most small and medium sized enterprises, appears to be less of an obstacle in the case of linkages with universities, especially when R&D contracting out is considered.
Published on Dec 1, 2015in Journal of Technology Transfer4.04
Rosa Caiazza12
Estimated H-index: 12
Aileen Richardson3
Estimated H-index: 3
(IU: Indiana University),
David B. Audretsch93
Estimated H-index: 93
(IU: Indiana University)
In this article we integrate concepts of strategic management with economic policy to explain knowledge effects on firms’ and regions’ competitive advantage. A literature review allows us to create a framework that portrays the current state of research and future development. Through an evaluation of the ample literature we aim to rationalize the effects knowledge and entrepreneurship have on regional competitive advantage.
Published on Oct 1, 2013in Journal of Technology Transfer4.04
Yuandi Wang11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Sichuan University),
Zhao Zhou4
Estimated H-index: 4
(LEI: Leiden University),
Jason Li-Ying9
Estimated H-index: 9
(DTU: Technical University of Denmark)
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Published on Sep 1, 2013in Asia Pacific Journal of Management2.74
Ya-Hui Ling1
Estimated H-index: 1
(ISU: I-Shou University)
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Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Family Business Strategy3.23
Britta Boyd7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Southern Denmark),
Svend Hollensen12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Southern Denmark)
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Published on Feb 1, 2012in Management Learning1.94
Peter Yih-Tong Sun13
Estimated H-index: 13
Marc H. Anderson14
Estimated H-index: 14
Absorptive capacity is an important organizational capability constituted by exploratory, transformative, and exploitative learning processes. Leadership has been shown to affect such processes, but little is known about how the combined leadership styles of top and middle management influence absorptive capacity. This theory-building, exploratory qualitative case study discusses the need for top and middle management to be ambidextrous and to change their styles to better facilitate the three d...
Published on Feb 1, 2012in International Journal of Production Research3.20
L.J. Gutiérrez Gutiérrez2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UGR: University of Granada),
Oscar F. Bustinza14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UGR: University of Granada),
V. Barrales Molina1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UGR: University of Granada)
The importance of the six sigma methodology in industry is growing constantly. However, there are few empirical studies that analyse the advantages of this methodology and its positive effects on organisational performance. The purpose of this paper is to extend understanding of the success of six sigma quality management initiatives by investigating the effects of six sigma teamwork and process management on absorptive capacity. It also seeks to understand the relation between absorptive capaci...
Hamid Tohidi3
Estimated H-index: 3
(IAU: Islamic Azad University),
Mohammad Mehdi Jabbari5
Estimated H-index: 5
(IAU: Islamic Azad University)
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Estimated H-index: 6
(SHU: Shanghai University),
Qiwei Zhu (SHU: Shanghai University), Ruoyi Wang (SHU: Shanghai University)
Published on Jan 1, 2019
Isabel D. W. Rechberg (CUNY: City University of New York), Shuojia Guo (CUNY: City University of New York)
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Journal of Technology Transfer4.04
Sebastian Kobarg2
Estimated H-index: 2
(TUM: Technische Universität München),
Jutta Stumpf-Wollersheim2
Estimated H-index: 2
(TUM: Technische Universität München),
Isabell M. Welpe22
Estimated H-index: 22
(TUM: Technische Universität München)
While the performance implications of university-industry collaboration (UIC) have been the subject of extensive research, no study thus far has investigated the potential influence of absorptive capacity and innovation competencies on the relationship between UIC and product innovation performance. Based on a sample of 2061 German companies from two waves of the German Community Innovation Survey and using moderated multiple regression, this study examines these moderating effects and provides ...
Published on Aug 1, 2018in Industrial Marketing Management4.78
David Bendig5
Estimated H-index: 5
(RWTH Aachen University),
Susanne Enke1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg)
+ 1 AuthorsMalte Brettel27
Estimated H-index: 27
(RWTH Aachen University)
Abstract Cross-functional coopetition, the simultaneous occurrence of cooperation and competition across firm functions, has been shown to be vital for firm performance. However, the literature has lacked insight into how competitive advantage emerges under such conditions, and which contingencies affect the coopetition-performance relationship. In the context of new product development, this study (a) assesses whether organizational learning translates coopetition among functional units into fi...
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Allen Alexander6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Exeter),
Dominique Philippe Martin2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Rennes)
+ 1 AuthorsKristel Miller9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Ulster University)
University–industry knowledge transfer is an important source wealth of creation for all partners; however, the practical management of this activity within universities is often hampered by procedural rigidity either through the absence of decision-making protocols to reconcile conflicting priorities or through the inconsistent implementation of existing policies. This is problematic, since it can impede operational effectiveness, prevent inter-organisational knowledge-creation and hamper organ...
Published on Mar 19, 2018in Measuring Business Excellence
Sanjay Chaudhary1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Indian Institute of Management Kashipur),
Safal Batra3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Indian Institute of Management Kashipur)
Purpose This paper makes an attempt to demonstrate the importance of breaking absorptive capacity into two sequential components, in order to effectively measure and utilize the construct. Design/methodology/approach Data on potential absorptive capacity, realized absorptive capacity and firm performance were collected utilizing survey questionnaire administered to 284 Indian SMEs operating in the automotive-service segment. Findings In order to test the proposed hypotheses, we broke absorptive ...
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