Organizational Culture and Absorptive Capacity

Organizational Culture and Absorptive Capacity

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Firms are increasingly collaborating with outside partners to access external knowledge that will enable them to successfully innovate and remain competitive in the marketplace. To apply external knowledge, they must have a distinctive capacity to absorb knowledge. One of the main influencing factors for absorptive capacity is a knowledge-friendly organizational culture, because the knowledge absorbing behavior of individuals can be better coordinated through implicit values and norms than through structural coordination instruments. When focusing on an organizationa€™s overall behavior, it is important to investigate in detail how a knowledge-friendly organizational culture influences absorptive capacity. Therefore, the author analysis the relationship between organizational culture and absorptive capacity and shows how a knowledge-friendly organizational culture should be designed to support the absorption of external knowledge in SMEs.The Meaning for SMEs DorothAce Zerwas ... Technical employees: In Raamp;D (5.9% within BU), customer service (4.8% within BU), marketing and sales (1.6% within BU) and production (3.8% within BU), few respondents worked as technicalanbsp;...

Title:Organizational Culture and Absorptive Capacity
Author:Dorothée Zerwas
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2014-04-02


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