The Temporal Effects of Relative and Firm-Level Absorptive Capacity on Interorganizational Learning

Henri Schildt, Thomas Keil, Markku Maula

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Abstract

We examine how determinants of absorptive capacity influence learning over time in alliances. Using longitudinal patent cross-citation data, we find an inverted U-shaped pattern over time that is influenced by firm-level and relational factors. Technological similarity increases learning only modestly in the initial stages of a relationship, but moderate levels substantially increase knowledge flows later in the alliance. High technological diversity is related to higher initial learning rates, but the effects diminish over time. Somewhat surprisingly, research and development intensity is negatively related to initial learning rates but has a considerable positive effect later in the relationship. We suggest that initial learning rates in alliances may be constrained by the capacity to absorb knowledge, while later-stage outcomes are constrained by exploitation capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalStrategic Management Journal
Volume33
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1154-1173
Number of pages20
ISSN0143-2095
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15.02.2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • ABSORPTIVE-CAPACITY
  • interorganizational learning
  • patents
  • alliance
  • time
  • KOTA2012

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