A literature analysis of the use of absorptive capacity construct in IS research

Gao, Shijia, Yeoh, William, 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, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 36-42, doi: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2016.11.001.

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Title A literature analysis of the use of absorptive capacity construct in IS research
Author(s) Gao, Shijia
Yeoh, WilliamORCID iD for Yeoh, William orcid.org/0000-0002-2964-4518
Wong, Siew Fan
Scheepers, RensORCID iD for Scheepers, Rens orcid.org/0000-0003-2791-6513
Journal name International journal of information management
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 36
End page 42
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-04
ISSN 0268-4012
Keyword(s) Absorptive Capacity (ACAP)
Literature analysis
Information systems (IS) research
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2016.11.001
Field of Research 080610 Information Systems Organisation
0806 Information Systems
Socio Economic Objective 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090280

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