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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>29/04/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue number2
Volume23
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)453-473
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract


Purpose
This paper analyses the relationships between congenital learning and realized absorptive capacity and tries to identify whether absorptive capacity impacts on international organizational performance 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 SMEs in the UK telecommunications sector.

Findings
Our findings suggest that, in order to achieve higher levels of realized absorptive capacity, managers need to create and support a congenital learning process. Furthermore, if an SME does not achieve the required realized absorptive capacity then international organizational performance is likely to deteriorate.

Originality/value
SMEs need to provide and support a learning process, which is customised and based on three sub-processes: 1) the framework for transferring knowledge; 2) the framework for transforming knowledge; and 3), 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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This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.