The role of prior experience and goal orientation in individual absorptive capacity


Ojo, Adedapo Oluwaseyi and Raman, Murali (2016) The role of prior experience and goal orientation in individual absorptive capacity. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 116 (4). pp. 723-739. ISSN 0263-5577

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Purpose – International joint ventures offer the appropriate platform for the host partners in an emerging economy to access the external knowledge embedded in the expatriate from foreign partners. However several factors could constrain the acquisition of this knowledge by the local employees who are engaged in the former. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the underlying differences for the individual’s knowledge acquisition capability. Design/methodology/approach – Individual’s knowledge acquisition capability was conceptualized as the individual dimension of absorptive capacity (ACAP). Given the engagement of employees in joint project teams, the team members are expected to differ in their experience and disposition to task. Thus, these differences are considered as predictors of the local team members ACAP, i.e., abilities to: recognize the value of; and assimilate the external knowledge embedded in the foreign partners. The hypothesized model was validated through the results of structural equation modeling on a cross sectional survey of 248 local team members of joint projects in the Nigerian upstream oil industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Absorptive capacity, Emerging economies, Knowledge acquisition, International joint ventures, Individual differences, Joint project teams
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-70 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 04:18
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2017 04:18


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