Title

Collaborating Smartly: The Role of Open Strategy in Absorptive Capacity

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

10-1-2019

Abstract

Research on open strategy suggests that shared knowledge through collaboration can generate co-created value. We explore this idea by assessing it as a predictor of absorptive capacity (ACAP) in cross-sector partnerships in pursuit of social innovation. The findings of our study indicate that aspects of strategic openness, including a shared sense of interdependence toward a mutual goal, are the primary mechanisms that enhance knowledge accretion in cross-sector partnerships. The data also suggest that formalized organizational mechanisms are more influential for producing ACAP than informal mechanisms.

Publication Title

Journal of Small Business Management

Volume

57

Issue

4

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