Depth and breadth of external knowledge search and performance: The mediating role of absorptive capacity

Ferreras-Mendez, Jose Luis, Newell, Susan, Fernandez-Mesa, Anabel and Alegre, Joaquin (2015) Depth and breadth of external knowledge search and performance: The mediating role of absorptive capacity. Industrial Marketing Management, 47. pp. 86-97. ISSN 0019-8501

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Abstract

Nowadays it is commonly accepted that exploiting external knowledge sources is important for firms' innovation and performance. However, it is still not clear how this effect takes place and what internal capabilities are involved in the process. We propose to open the black box between external knowledge search strategies, and innovation and performance by proposing absorptive capacity (AC) as the mediating variable. A sample of 102 biotechnology firms from Spain is used to test the proposed theoretical model through structural equation modeling taking the partial least squares approach. Results suggest that AC acts as a full mediator in the relationship between the depth of external knowledge search and the innovation and business performance of the firm. Finally, some suggestions for managers and future lines of research are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Tahir Beydola
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 08:56
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 08:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61462
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