Exploring how organizational antecedents affect potential and realized absorptive capacity, this study identifies differing effects for both components of absorptive capacity. Results indicate that organizational mechanisms associated with coordination capabilities (cross-functional interfaces, participation in decision making, and job rotation) primarily enhance a unit's potential absorptive capacity. Organizational mechanisms associated with socialization capabilities (connectedness and socialization tactics) primarily increase a unit's realized absorptive capacity. Our findings reveal why units may have difficulty managing levels of potential and realized absorptive capacity and vary in their ability to create value from their absorptive capacity.

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Keywords absorptive capacity, combinative capabilities, decision making, external knowledge, human capital, management, organizational antecedents
JEL Firm Behavior (jel D21), Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior: General (jel L20), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M)
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMJ.2005.19573106, hdl.handle.net/1765/14539
Series ERIM Top-Core Articles
Journal Academy of Management Journal
Jansen, J.J.P, van den Bosch, F.A.J, & Volberda, H.W. (2005). Managing Potential and Realized Absorptive Capacity: How do Organizational Antecedents Matter?. Academy of Management Journal, 999–1015. doi:10.5465/AMJ.2005.19573106