The Moderating Role of Social Integration Mechanisms in Two Models of Absorptive Capacity: Evidence from Brazil

By Douglas Filenga, Daniel A. Cernas Ortiz and Fábio Nazareno Machado-da-Silva.

Published by Knowledge Management: An International Journal

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Research on absorptive capacity is vigorous. To date, however, more research is needed to understand the effect that several moderating variables could have on the associations among the components of the term. With a sample of 116 professionals surveyed in Brazil, this study tested the moderating effect of social integration mechanisms in two different models of absorptive capacity: the model proposed by Zahra and George (2002) and the model posited by Todorova and Durisin (2007). The results of a Partial Least Squares analysis (PLS) suggest that social integration mechanisms have a more pronounced moderating effect in the former model than in the latter. However, and contrary to expectations, we found a negative rather than a positive effect. Results are discussed and opportunities for future research are outlined.

Keywords: Absorptive Capacity, Social Integration, Knowledge Acquisition, and Management

Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 7, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 654.437KB)).

Douglas Filenga

Professor, Universidade Metodista de São Paulo - FEA, Universidade Metodista de São Paulo, São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil

Daniel A. Cernas Ortiz

Facultad de Contaduría y Administración, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Toluca, Estado de México, Mexico

Fábio Nazareno Machado-da-Silva

Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo-EAESP/FGV, Instituto Federal de São Paulo - IFSP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil