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International organizational performance: The influence of congenital learning and realized absorptive capacity

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Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
  • Volumen: 23
  • Número: 2
  • Fecha: 16 May 2016
  • Páginas: 453-473
  • ISSN: 14626004
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1108/JSBED-05-2014-0078
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. Howard House Wagon Lane, Bingley BD16 1WA
© Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose ¿ The purpose of this paper is to analyse the relationships between congenital learning (CL) and realized absorptive capacity (RACAP) and tries to identify whether absorptive capacity impacts on international organizational performance (IOP) in today¿s global business environment. Design/methodology/approach ¿ The research model and hypothesized relationships are empirically tested using the structural equation modelling approach, validated by factor analysis of 128 small medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK telecommunications sector. Findings ¿ The findings suggest that, in order to achieve higher levels of RACAP, managers need to create and support a CL process. Furthermore, if an SME does not achieve the required RACAP then IOP is likely to deteriorate. Originality/value ¿ SMEs need to provide and support a learning process, which is customized and based on three sub-processes: first, the framework for transferring knowledge; second, the framework for transforming knowledge; and third, an open organizational context. Based on these results, transferring and transforming are important sub-processes but are not sufficient for updating congenital knowledge.

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