Title

Absorptive Capacity: A Review, Reconceptualization, and Extension

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2002

Abstract

Researchers have used the absorptive capacity construct to explain various organizational phenomena. In this article we review the literature to identify key dimensions of absorptive capacity and offer a reconceptualization of this construct. Building upon the dynamic capabilities view of the firm, we distinguish between a firm's potential and realized capacity. We then advance a model outlining the conditions when the firm's potential and realized capacities can differentially influence the creation and sustenance of its competitive advantage.

Discipline

Business | Strategic Management Policy

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Academy of Management Review

Volume

27

Issue

2

First Page

185

Last Page

203

ISSN

0363-7425

Identifier

10.5465/AMR.2002.6587995

Publisher

Academy of Management

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2002.6587995