External Knowledge Absorption in SMEs

Lei Pi, Kristin Paetzold, Roland Ortt

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Abstract

External knowledge plays important roles in firms' internal innovation activities. Firms need to develop absorptive capabilities and carefully manage the knowledge absorbing processes to better benefit from external knowledge. This study adopted a qualitative approach to investigate how Chinese SMEs absorb external knowledge. We examined how external knowledge is recognized, assimilated, utilized in a sample of 16 SMEs, and what barriers they may face when absorbing external knowledge. This paper extends current literature on organizational absorptive capabilities by revealing some of the key issues or sub-activities underlying each dimension of the concept of absorptive capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781538614693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2018 - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 17 Jun 201820 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2018
Abbreviated titleICE/ITMC 2018
CountryGermany
CityStuttgart
Period17/06/1820/06/18

Keywords

  • absorptive capabilities (AC)
  • external knowledge
  • organizational learning
  • personal network
  • SMEs

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