A literature analysis of the use of Absorptive Capacity construct in IS research

Gao, Shijia and Yeoh, William and Wong, Siew Fan * and Scheepers, Rens (2017) A literature analysis of the use of Absorptive Capacity construct in IS research. International Journal of Information Management, 37 (2). pp. 36-42. ISSN 02684012 (Submitted)

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Since the seminal inception of Absorptive Capacity (ACAP) by Cohen and Levinthal (1990), it has been adopted widely in information systems (IS) research. This paper analyzes the use of ACAP in IS research through a literature analysis of ACAP-related papers published in 52 reputable IS journals from 1990 to 2015. Drawing on a review of the evolution of ACAP, the analyses conducted include: (1) descriptive analysis of ACAP in IS papers; (2) domains of ACAP usage; (3) analysis of hypotheses and propositions to show how ACAP is being used to explain various organizational phenomena in IS research; and (4) analysis of the measures to provide insights into the operationalization of ACAP in IS research. Our findings suggest that while the majority of the research correctly conceptualizes ACAP as a capability, various misalignments between ACAP conceptualization, operationalization and measurement, and the level of analysis in the literature continue to do a disservice to the accumulated research in ACAP. The findings and recommendations should help IS researchers to conceptualize and operationalize ACAP appropriately.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First author is with Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University; 2nd & 4th authors are with Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin University; 3rd author is with Faculty of Science and Technology, Sunway University;
Uncontrolled Keywords: Absorptive Capacity (ACAP); literature analysis; information systems (IS) research; conceptualization; measurement
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Engineering and Technology [formerly School of Science and Technology until 2020] > Dept. Computing and Information Systems
Depositing User: Ms. Molly Chuah
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 06:28
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 03:36
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/681

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