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    The effect of firms’ relational capabilities on knowledge acquisition and co-creation

    De Silva, Muthu and Rossi, Federica (2018) The effect of firms’ relational capabilities on knowledge acquisition and co-creation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 133 , pp. 72-84. ISSN 0040-1625.

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    This study examines how firms’ relational capabilities influence two main approaches to sourcing knowledge from universities, namely, acquiring and co-creating knowledge. By adopting a sequential mixed methods design to gather empirical evidence from firms that interact with universities, it contributes to unravelling the puzzle presented in the literature on the positive effects and drawbacks of relational capabilities. We find that the balance between the opposing effects of relational capabilities differs depending on the knowledge sourcing approach. While capabilities for aligning goals, objectives, and routines/practices between firms and academics are of significant importance only for knowledge co-creation, Communication capabilities are important for both, with greater significance for knowledge acquisition. We highlight implications about what relational capabilities firms should nurture in order to best source knowledge from universities.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Interorganisational collaborations; knowledge acquisition; knowledge co creation; knowledge sourcing; relational capabilities; university-firm interactions
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Muthu De Silva
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 10:24
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:39


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