Potential and realized absorptive capacity: An analysis in project teams

Main Article Content

Rodrigo Valio Dominguez Gonzalez
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0531-9638

Abstract

Absorption capacity (ACAP) is a fundamental factor for the firm to achieve dynamic capability and competitive advantage. Previous studies have identified two dimensions that make up this construct, called potential absorption capacity (PACAP) and realized absorption capacity (RACAP). This study investigates the influence of the two dimensions of ACAP in relation to project performance and innovation, and also analyzes the mediating role that RACAP plays in the relationship between PACAP and project performance and innovation. This study explores these relationships using the structural equation modeling (SEM) method, using the partial least squares (PLS) approach, applied to a sample of 128 companies in the automotive sector, manufacturers of parts. The results show that project performance and innovation are impacted differently by PACAP and RACAP. In addition, the study shows that RACAP plays a mediating role in the relationship between PACAP and project performance and innovation.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

Article Details

How to Cite
GONZALEZ, R. V. D. Potential and realized absorptive capacity: An analysis in project teams. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 63, n. 6, p. e2022–0006, 2023. DOI: 10.1590/S0034-759020230605. Disponível em: https://periodicos.fgv.br/rae/article/view/90033. Acesso em: 19 jun. 2024.
Section
Articles

References

Ali, A., Bahadur, W., Wang, N., Luqman, A., & Khan, A. N. (2020). Improving team innovation performance: Role of social media and team knowledge management capabilities. Technology in Society, 61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2020.101259

Ali, M., & Park, K. (2016). The mediating role of an innovative culture in the relationship between absorptive capacity and technical and non-technical innovation. Journal of Business Research, 69(5), 1669-1675. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.10.036

Armstrong, J. S., & Overton, T. S. (1977). Estimating nonresponse bias in mail surveys. Journal of Marketing Research, 14(3), 396-402. https://doi.org/10.1177/002224377701400320

Awe, O. A., Woodside, A. G., Nerur, S., & Prater, E. (2020). Capturing heterogeneities in orchestrating resources for accurately forecasting high (separately low) project management performance. International Journal of Production Economics, 224. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2019.107556

Batarseh, F. S., Usher, J. M., & Daspit, J. J. (2017). Absorptive capacity in virtual teams: Examining the influence on diversity and innovation. Journal of Knowledge Management, 21(6), 1342-1361. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-06-2016-0221

Benitez, J., Castillo, A., Llorens, J., & Braojos, J. (2017). IT-enabled knowledge ambidexterity and innovation performance in small US firms: The moderator role of social media capability. Information Management, 55(1), 131-143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.im.2017.09.004

Cadiz, D., Sawyer, J. E., & Griffith, T. L. (2009). Developing and validating field measurement scales for absorptive capacity and experienced community of practice. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 69(6), 1035-1058. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013164409344494

Carrión, G. C., Navarro, J. G. C., & Jimenez, D. J. (2012). The effect of absorptive capacity on innovativeness: Context and information systems capability as catalysts. British Journal of Management, 23(1), 110-129. http:doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2010.00725.x

Chin, W. W. (2010). How to write up and report PLS analyses. In Handbook of partial least squares (pp. 655-690). Springer.

Clark, K. B., Chew, W. B., & Fujimoto, T. (1987). Product development in the world auto industry. Brook. Pap. Econ. Act., 3, 729-771. https://doi.org/10.1016/0889-1583(92)90010-2

Cohen, W. M., & Levinthal, D. A. (1990). Absorptive capacity: A new perspective on learning and innovation. Administrative Science Quarterly, 35, 128-152. https://doi.org/10.2307/2393553

Falk, R. F., & Miller, N. B. (1992). A primer for soft modeling. Univ. Akron Press.

Flor, M. L., Cooper, S. Y., & Oltra, M. J. (2018). External knowledge search, absorptive capacity and radical innovationin high-technology firms. European Management Journal, 36(2), 183-194. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2017.08.003

Fornell, C., & Larcker, D. F. (1981). Evaluating structural equation models with unobservable variables and measurement error. Journal of Marketing Research, 18(1), 39-50. https://doi.org/10.1177/00222437810180

Garcia, N., Sanzo, M. J., & Trespalacios, J. A. (2008). Effect of the interfunctional climate on internal and external new product performance: The moderator role of innovation type. International Congress “Marketing Trends”, Venice, Italy.

Gonzalez, R. V. D. (2021). Effects of learning culture and teamwork context on team performance mediated by dynamic capability. Journal of Knowledge Management, 25(56), 2000-2021. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-05-2020-0385

Gonzalez, R. V. D., & Martins, M. F. (2014). Mapping the organizational factors that support knowledge management in the Brazilian automotive industry. Journal of Knowledge Management, 18(1), 152-176. http://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-08-2013-0300

Gonzalez, R. V. D., & Melo, T. M. (2018). The effects of organization context on knowledge exploration and exploitation. Journal of Business Research, 90, 215-225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.05.025

Gonzalez, R. V. D., & Melo, T. M. (2019). Analyzing dynamic capability in teamwork. Journal of Knowledge Management, 23(6), 1196-1217. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JKM-08-2018-0478

Grant, R. M. (1996). Toward a knowledge-based theory of the firm. Strategic Management Journal, 17(S2), 109-122. http://doi.org/10.1002/smj.4250171110

Hair, J. F., Hult, G. T. M., Ringle, C., & Sarstedt, M. (2013). A primer on partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM). Sage Publications Ltd.

Henseler, J., Ringle, C. M., & Sarstedt, M. (2015). A new criterion for assessing discriminant validity in variance-based structural equation modeling. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 43(1), 115-135. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11747-014-0403-8

Jansen, J. J. P., Bosch, F. Van den, & Volberda, H. (2005). Managing potential and realized absorptive capacity: How do organizational antecedents matter? Academy of Management Journal, 48(6), 999-1015. http://doi.org/10.5465/AMJ.2005.19573106

Limaj, E., & Bernroider, E. W. N. (2019). The roles of absorptive capacity and cultural balance for exploratory and exploitative innovation in SMEs. Journal of Business Research, 94, 137-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.10.052

Lin, C. P., Yang, Z. T., & Huang, H. T. (2016). Evaluating team performance and the mediating role of customer knowledge development: An absorptive capacity framework. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 42, 46-64. http://10.1016/j.jengtecman.2016.10.001

Lowik, S., Kraaijenbrink, J., & Groen, A. (2016). The team absorptive capacity triad: A configurational study of individual, enabling, and motivating factors. Journal of Knowledge Management, 20(5), 1083-1103. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-11-2015-0433

Mahmud, M., Soetanto, D., & Jack, S. (2020). Environmental management and product innovation: The moderating role of the dynamic capability of small manufacturing firms. Journal of Cleaner Production, 264, 121633. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121633

Popaitoon, S., & Siengthai, S. (2014). The moderating effect of human resource management practices on the relationship between knowledge absorptive capacity and project performance in project-oriented companies. International Journal of Project Management, 32, 908-920. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.12.002

Preacher, K. J., & Hayes, A. F. (2008). Asymptotic and resampling strategies for assessing and compar-ing indirect effects in multiple mediator models. Behavior Research Methods, 40(3), 879-891. http://doi.org/10.3758/BRM.40.3.879

Rodríguez, A. L. L., Roldán, J. L., Montes, J. A. A., & Millán, A. L. (2014). From potential absorptive capacity to innovation outcomes in project teams: The conditional mediating role of the realized absorptive capacity in a relational learning context. International Journal of Project Management, 32(6), 894-907. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.01.005

Sánchez, A. M., Oliva, S. V., & Pérez, M. P. (2020). The relationship between R&D, the absorptive capacity of knowledge, human resourcef lexibility and innovation: Mediator effects on industrial firms. Journal of Business Research, 118, 431-440. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.07.014

Tenenhaus, M., Vinzi, V. E., Chatelin, Y. M., & Lauro, C. (2005). PLS path modeling. Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, 48(1), 159-205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csda.2004.03.005

Tjosvold, D., Tang, M. M., & West, M. (2004). Reflexivity for team innovation in China: The contribution of goal interdependence. Group & Organization Management, 29(5), 540-559. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059601103254911

Tsai, W. (2001). Knowledge transfer in intraorganizational networks: Effects of network position and absorptive capacity on business unit innovation and performance. Academy Management Journal, 44(5), 996-1004. https://doi.org/10.2307/3069443

Walheiser, D., Schnews, C., Steinberg, P., & Cadogan, J. W. (2021). Greasing the wheels or blocking the path? Organizational structure, product innovativeness, and new product success. Journal of Business Research, 126, 489-503. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.12.021

Wang, C. L., Senaratne, C., & Rafiq, M. (2015). Success traps, dynamic capabilities and firm performance. British Journal of Management, 26(1), 26-44. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12066

Xie, X., Zou, H., & Qi, G. (2018). Knowledge absorptive capacity and innovation performance in high-techcompanies: A multi-mediating analysis. Journal of Business Research, 88, 289-297. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.01.019

Yang. L. R., Huang, C. F., & Hsu, T. J. (2014). Knowledge leadership to improve project and organizational performance. International Journal of Project Management, 32(1), 40-53. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.01.011

Zahra, S. A., & George, G. (2002). Absorptive capacity: A review, reconceptualization, and extension. Academy of Management Review, 27(2), 185-203. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2002.6587995

Zander, U., & Kogut, B. (1995). Knowledge and the speed of the transfer and imitation of organizational capabilities: An empirical test. Organization Science, 6(1), 76-92. http:doi.org/10.1287/orsc.6.1.76