Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Springer Gabler - Management - Organisation | Organizational Culture and Absorptive Capacity - The Meaning for SMEs

Organizational Culture and Absorptive Capacity

The Meaning for SMEs

Zerwas, Dorothée

2014, XXIII, 279 p. 25 illus.

Available Formats:

Springer eBooks may be purchased by end-customers only and are sold without copy protection (DRM free). Instead, all eBooks include personalized watermarks. This means you can read the Springer eBooks across numerous devices such as Laptops, eReaders, and tablets.

You can pay for Springer eBooks with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

After the purchase you can directly download the eBook file or read it online in our Springer eBook Reader. Furthermore your eBook will be stored in your MySpringer account. So you can always re-download your eBooks.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-3-658-05552-3

digitally watermarked, no DRM

Included Format: PDF

download immediately after purchase

learn more about Springer eBooks

add to marked items


Softcover (also known as softback) version.

You can pay for Springer Books with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Paypal.

Standard shipping is free of charge for individual customers.


(net) price for USA

ISBN 978-3-658-05551-6

free shipping for individuals worldwide

usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days

add to marked items

  • Publication in the field of economic science

Firms are increasingly collaborating with outside partners to access external knowledge that will enable them to successfully innovate and remain competitive in the marketplace. To apply external knowledge, they must have a distinctive capacity to absorb knowledge. One of the main influencing factors for absorptive capacity is a knowledge-friendly organizational culture, because the knowledge absorbing behavior of individuals can be better coordinated through implicit values and norms than through structural coordination instruments. When focusing on an organization’s overall behavior, it is important to investigate in detail how a knowledge-friendly organizational culture influences absorptive capacity. Therefore, the author analysis the relationship between organizational culture and absorptive capacity and shows how a knowledge-friendly organizational culture should be designed to support the absorption of external knowledge in SMEs.


  • The Impact, Meaning and Challenges of External Knowledge Absorption
  • The Conceptual Principles of Absorptive Capacity and Organizational Culture
  • A Model of External Knowledge Absorption
  • Implications for a Knowledge-Friendly Culture

Target Groups

  • Students and lecturers of innovation management
  • Decision makers in knowledge management

The Author

Dorothée Zerwas is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Computer Science Faculty, Institute for Management.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Absorptive Capacity - Organizational Culture - SME Knowledge Transfer

Related subjects » Management - Organisation - Unternehmensführung

Table of contents / Preface / Sample pages 

Popular Content within this publication 



Read this Book on Springerlink

Services for this book

New Book Alert

Get alerted on new Springer publications in the subject area of Organization / Planning.