Lerch, Frank; Müller-Seitz, Gordon; Wagner, Robert:
Absorptive capacity in collaborative technology transfer - a practice perspective on four cases in optics in the USA and Germany
In: Strategic Organisational Learning in Turbulent Times : Ambidexterity and Absorptive Capacity Reconsidered / Antonacopoulou, Elena; Güttel, Wolfgang H.; Kaiser, Stephan; Macpherson, Allan; Méric, Jérôme; Müller-Seitz, Gordon (Eds.). - Olney, Bucks.: Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., 2012 - (International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies ; 5, 1/2; Special issue), pp. 66 - 88
2012book article/chapter in collection
EconomicsMercator School of Management - Faculty of Business Administration
Title:
Absorptive capacity in collaborative technology transfer - a practice perspective on four cases in optics in the USA and Germany
Author:
Lerch, Frank; Müller-Seitz, Gordon; Wagner, Robert
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Abstract:

Previous studies on the concept of absorptive capacity predominantly emphasise static aspects and for the most part utilise quantitative methods. In contrast, the present comparative case study reverts to the concept of Todorova and Durisin (2007) and adopts a practice perspective in order to explore the ways in and circumstances under which absorptive capacity actually unfolds. Basing our work upon findings from four case studies in the optics industry in the USA and Germany, we contribute to the literature by illustrating how collaborative technology transfer between research institutions and private sector companies happens. We highlight the absorption practices involved - the role of meeting management and information exchange practices - and the framing conditions that facilitate such an exchange, namely boundary spanners and power relationships, the institutional and regional embeddedness of actors involved, as well as social factors that serve as a 'glue' for absorptive capacity.