Managing open incremental process innovation : absorptive capacity and distributed learning

Robertson, Paul, Casali, Gian Luca, & Jacobson, David (2012) Managing open incremental process innovation : absorptive capacity and distributed learning. Research Policy, 41(5), pp. 822-832.

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In this conceptual article, we extend earlier work on Open Innovation and Absorptive Capacity. We suggest that the literature on Absorptive Capacity does not place sufficient emphasis on distributed knowledge and learning or on the application of innovative knowledge. To accomplish physical transformations, organisations need specific Innovative Capacities that extend beyond knowledge management. Accessive Capacity is the ability to collect, sort and analyse knowledge from both internal and external sources. Adaptive Capacity is needed to ensure that new pieces of equipment are suitable for the organisation's own purposes even though they may have been originally developed for other uses. Integrative Capacity makes it possible for a new or modified piece of equipment to be fitted into an existing production process with a minimum of inessential and expensive adjustment elsewhere in the process. These Innovative Capacities are controlled and coordinated by Innovative Management Capacity, a higher-order dynamic capability.

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ID Code: 51066
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Open Innovation, Absorptive Capacity, Capabilities, Incremental Innovation, Process Innovation, Networks
DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2012.02.008
ISSN: 0048-7333
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier BV
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Research Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Research Policy, VOL 41, ISSUE 5, 2012 DOI
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2012 22:54
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2013 23:35

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