Cooperation for External Knowledge Acquisition from Inter-organizational Relationships as Antecedent of Product Innovation: The Mediating Role of Absorptive Capacity

  • Beatriz Ortiz García NavasEmail author
  • Joachim Bach
  • Mario Javier Donate Manzanares
  • Fátima Guadamillas Gómez
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 180)


This paper analyses the antecedents of company’s product innovation based on knowledge acquisition from inter-organizational relationships and absorptive capacity. Focusing on Spanish biotechnology and pharmaceutics industries, it examines the mediating effects of the explorative and exploitative absorptive capacity sides on the relationships between social capital, knowledge acquisition made through strategic alliances, and product innovation. The study results partially support these mediating effects, and allow to conclude that an appropriate management of firm’s inter-organizational networks to identify and acquire knowledge-based resources from cooperation partners, besides encouraging the development of internal absorptive capabilities, could be used for developing new products, and generating/maintaining competitive advantages related with these processes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatriz Ortiz García Navas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joachim Bach
    • 2
  • Mario Javier Donate Manzanares
    • 3
  • Fátima Guadamillas Gómez
    • 1
  1. 1.Castilla-La Mancha UniversityToledoSpain
  2. 2.Schmalkalden UniversitySchmalkaldenGermany
  3. 3.Castilla-La Mancha UniversityCiudad RealSpain

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