L.J. Cosaert

L.J. Cosaert
(external) researcher RSM - Rotterdam School of Management Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
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Erasmus University Rotterdam
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cosaert@rsm.nl

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In today’s dynamic world, characterized by fierce competition and rapid technological changes, organizations increasingly depend on external information in order to gain competitive advantage. Firms endowed with high levels of absorptive capacity can efficiently identify and exploit external knowledge to innovate. Cohen and Levinthal (1990: pp. 128) formally defined absorptive capacity (AC) as the “ability to recognize the value of new information, assimilate it, and apply it to commercial ends.” Despite the vast coverage of this vital construct in various literature streams, many research questions remain unanswered.

This dissertation includes four studies focusing on key research questions on absorptive capacity. First, we…

In today’s dynamic world, characterized by fierce competition and rapid technological changes, organizations increasingly depend on external information in order to gain competitive advantage. Firms endowed with high levels of absorptive capacity can efficiently identify and exploit external knowledge to innovate. Cohen and Levinthal (1990: pp. 128) formally defined absorptive capacity (AC) as the “ability to recognize the value of new information, assimilate it, and apply it to commercial ends.” Despite the vast coverage of this vital construct in various literature streams, many research questions remain unanswered.

This dissertation includes four studies focusing on key research questions on absorptive capacity. First, we expand the taxonomy of the antecedents of AC and examine which of those have the strongest impact on AC development. Second, we apply institutional theory to explain country-level heterogeneity in the AC-firm performance relationship. Third, we study how different levels of AC affect the adoption of disruptive innovations. In the final study, we examine how different AC measures affect the explanatory power of AC on firm financial performance.

  • Bedrijfsproject

    Title
    Bedrijfsproject
    Year
    2018

    Kick-off PMB

    Title
    Kick-off PMB
    Year
    2018
  • (external) researcher

    University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    School
    RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
    Department
    Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
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