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.

Keywords

absorptive capacity, competitive advantage, industrial capacity, strategic planning

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

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2002.6587995

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