Title

From Sensing Shape to Shaping Sense: A Dynamic Model of Absorptive Capacity and Selective Revealing

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

1-2011

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.

Keywords

Absorptive capacity, Knowledge, Selective revealing, knowledge production, innovation strategy

Discipline

Strategic Management Policy | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Academy of Management Proceedings 2011

First Page

1

Last Page

6

Identifier

10.5465/AMBPP.2011.65869638

Publisher

Academy of Management

City or Country

Briarcliff Manor, NY

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2011.65869638