R&D Management, 38 (4), 2008 – interesting articles

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R&D Management, Volume 38 Issue 4, 2008

Analyzing the determinants of firm’s absorptive capacity: beyond R&D 392 – 405
Jaider Vega-Jurado, Antonio Gutiérrez-Gracia and Ignacio Fernández-de-Lucio

  • ABSTRACT: This article proposes a new model for analyzing the determinants of absorptive capacity in companies. We suggest that absorptive capacity is determined not only by research and development activities, but also by a set of internal factors, which we group into three basic categories: organizational knowledge, formalization, and social integration mechanisms. In addition, we suggest that these factors may influence all components of the firm’s absorptive capacity, and that the influence can be positive or negative depending on the applicability of the knowledge being absorbed. This paper thus advances the understanding of absorptive capacity by exploring a largely ignored aspect in the literature: the role of knowledge attributes. We show how the model can be operationalized and empirically tested and provide preliminary evidence supporting most of the propositions in the analytical model.
  • DOI (Link): 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2008.00525.x

A qualitative study of inter-organizational knowledge management in complex products and systems development 421-440
Eric W.T. Ngai, Chen Jin, Tong Liang

  • ABSTRACT: Much research has recognized that cross-disciplinary knowledge inputs are necessary to successful product innovation, particularly in complex products and systems (CoPS) development. This paper focuses on developing an exploratory framework for studying how an inter-organizational knowledge management (KM) approach affects the development of CoPS, and exploring how inter-organizational collaboration affects KM within a CoPS context. Based on a review of the literature and in-depth case studies, this paper puts forward some propositions and develops an integrated conceptual model showing the link between the dimensions of inter-organizational KM and the performance of CoPS development. Finally, the implications of the proposed model for inter-organizational KM in a CoPS environment are discussed.
  • DOI (Link): 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2008.00523.x

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