Exploring microfoundations and multilevel mechanisms of absorptive capacity in an emerging economy: empirical evidence from a leading car manufacturer

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Javanmardi Kashan, A., Mohannak, K. and de Oliveira, R. 2023. Exploring microfoundations and multilevel mechanisms of absorptive capacity in an emerging economy: empirical evidence from a leading car manufacturer. Journal of Management & Organization. https://doi.org/10.1017/jmo.2023.20
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TitleExploring microfoundations and multilevel mechanisms of absorptive capacity in an emerging economy: empirical evidence from a leading car manufacturer
AuthorsJavanmardi Kashan, A., Mohannak, K. and de Oliveira, R.
Abstract

Purpose
Despite the importance of knowledge processes in building absorptive capacity, we are less clear about the micro-processes of absorptive capacity development and particularly about the role of individuals’ knowledge processes.
Design/methodology/approach
This study empirically examined, via an in-depth case study, the microfoundations of absorptive capacity and their influence on building absorptive capacity in an automaker across the course of four product innovation projects.
Findings
Findings suggested that dynamics in a knowledge environment informed individual-level tacit and explicit knowledge processes. In return, knowledge processes at the individual level informed organizational learning processes and the emergence of knowledge processes at organization level for acquisition, assimilation, transformation, and exploitation of new knowledge.
Originality
This study contributes to the literature by revealing individuals’ knowledge processes from which absorptive capacity emerges. Practically, managers can use the findings of this study to promote certain knowledge processes to develop intended aspects of absorptive capacity at an individual level.

KeywordsAbsorptive capacity; knowledge processes; microfoundations; multilevel mechanisms; product innovation
LanguageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
JournalJournal of Management & Organization
ISSN1833-3672
Electronic1839-3527
Publication dates
Online19 May 2023
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Jun 2023
Submitted27 May 2022
Accepted22 Mar 2023
Output statusIn press
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/jmo.2023.20
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