Manufacturers are investing heavily in advanced new technologies in the expectation of gaining technology benefits. However, studies show that many firms have been relatively slow in assimilating new technologies. It has been suggested that the new generation of managerial thinking should emphasize continuous learning capability and flexibility. This capacity of a firm to exploit and assimilate knowledge and technology, thus generating effective organizational learning is referred to as the firm's absorptive capacity. This is one of the first empirical studies to operationalzie the comstruct of absorptive capcity. A valid and reliable measurement instrument was developed through large-scale survey data collection and rigorous statistical validation. The instrument should be a valuable tool to both researchers and practioners.
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Tu, Qiang, "The development of an instrument to measure firms' absorptive capacity of new technologies" (2000). Accessed from
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