Absorptive capacity for innovation management control: Empirical evidence from hybrid product-service bundles

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    This paper examines the antecedents and consequences of a firm's absorptive capacity for innovation management control. Absorptive capacity, defined as an organizational-level capability to identify, assimilate, and exploit external knowledge, has predominantly been applied to technological knowledge. In this article, we focus on external knowledge in relation to innovation management control, a management task that combines innovation management and management control. In addition, we apply our conceptualization of absorptive capacity for innovation management control to the development of hybrid offerings, consisting of product and service components. Results of a survey among companies in Europe support our hypotheses that absorptive capacity for innovation management control (with four dimensions: acquisition, assimilation, transformation, and exploitation) indirectly influences financial and innovation performance through hybrid product-service innovation management control. The article ends with recommendations for innovation management practice and theory.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Innovation Management
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Oct 2023

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