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Research seminar with Research Fellow Emre Yildiz
April 19, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Emre Yildiz is a research fellow at the Stockholm School of Economics. His research interests are socio-cultural integration in cross-border M&As, micro-foundations of inter-unit knowledge transfer in MNCs, and extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation in organizational contexts.
Emre Yildiz will be presenting the paper alongside college and co-author Adis Murtic, also from the Stockholm School of Economics.
“Untangling Absorptive Capacity’ – the Salient Context of Projects”
This paper advances the understanding of absorptive capacity by disentangling its four distinct sub-dimensions. Most of the studies in extant literature have treated absorptive capacity as unidimensional concept and as a firm-level construct without paying due attention to its organizational antecedents. Based on the observation that deliberated inter-unit knowledge transfer processes are mostly executed through projects in practice, we suggest that project specific characteristics (i.e., task, time and team) should be considered as salient and relevant antecedents of absorptive capacity. In that regard, we discuss how scope of task, composition of team and perceptions of time have varying and somewhat conflicting effects on acquisition, assimilation, transformation and exploitation dimensions of absorptive capacity.