Development of indicators of absorptive capacity at micro and macro levels

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About this event

Time: All day
Event Name Development of indicators of absorptive capacity at micro and macro levels
Start Date 28 Feb 2019 12:00 pm
End Date 28 Feb 2019 1:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

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This week's seminar presentation will be given by Professor Grazia Ietto-Gillies, Emeritus Professor, LSBU and Visiting Research Professor, Birkbeck, University of London & Dr Marion Frenz, Reader in Management, Birkbeck, University of London. To give you a taste of the session, a brief abstract can be found below:

The concept of absorptive capacity (ACAP) has become a very relevant part of innovation studies since the seminal work of Cohen and Levinthal (1989). Nonetheless there is ambiguity regarding the concept itself and more so with regard to its operationalisation. This research concentrates on the operationalisation side and, specifically, on the development of indicators of ACAP. It makes the following contributions: (1) development of an alternative framework based on absorption-enabling infrastructures; (2) identification of distinct dimensions of infrastructures and of relevant variables within them. The operationalisation is inspired by emphasis on: soft infrastructures; comparability across firms, sectors and countries; and policy relevance.