ERIC Number: EJ1092826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Reference Count: 50
Antecedents of Absorptive Capacity: A New Model for Developing Learning Processes
Rezaei-Zadeh, Mohammad; Darwish, Tamer K.
Learning Organization, v23 n1 p77-91 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide an integrated framework to indicate which antecedents of absorptive capacity (AC) influence its learning processes, and to propose testing of this model in future work. Design/methodology/approach Relevant literature into the antecedents of AC was critically reviewed and analysed with the objective of categorising and explaining the influence of AC on learning processes, including exploratory, transformative and exploitative learning. Findings: By considering the level of learning, the proposed model demonstrates that the antecedents of AC vary, comprising exploratory, transformative and exploitative learning processes. Moreover, this study reveals the complex interplay between the antecedents of AC. Research limitations/implications: The proposed model was developed theoretically, thus pending further empirical validation according to environmental turbulence, knowledge characteristics and modes of governance. This study also urges researchers to explore whether or not the antecedents of AC differ based on organisational outcomes. Practical implications: The model can be put into a testable template for use by researchers. It further guides managers in developing effective processes for learning to use external knowledge. Originality/value: It is the first work to schematically bring together and discuss the antecedents of AC and its influence on learning processes, and further provides a framework capable of facilitating the empirical testing of this nexus.
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Transformative Learning, Discovery Learning, Models, Transfer of Training, Prior Learning, Innovation, Learning Theories, Definitions, Knowledge Management
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