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Micro perceptive on absorptive capacity in joint ICT project teams in Malaysia

Micro perceptive on absorptive capacity in joint ICT project teams in Malaysia Purpose– This study aims to investigate the micro-antecedents of the multidimensional construct of absorptive capacity (ACAP) from the perspective of the individual characteristics underlying learning capability in joint project information and communications technology (ICT) teams. Specifically, the model proposes prior experience and learning goal orientations as the micro-antecedents and delineates ACAP into four dimensions. Design/methodology/approach– The context of study was the joint project teams, set up to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from expatriate to local employees in Malaysian ICT sector. Data collected through the cross-sectional survey of 205 local team members of joint ICT projects in Malaysia were analyzed using structural equation modelling. Findings– Individual’s prior experience and learning orientation were associated with the ability to assimilate and recognize the value of partner’s knowledge, respectively. Furthermore, the hypothesized relationships among the ACAP dimensions were supported, and the mediating effect of shared cognition was confirmed. Research limitations/implications– The use of cross-sectional and self-reported survey is a major limitation of this study. Practical implications– Managerial implications are offered on the selection of team members and designing the joint project team. Originality/value– This study demonstrates prior experience and learning orientation as antecedents of individuals’ learning capability, thereby extending extant conceptualization on the multifaceted nature of ACAP. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

Micro perceptive on absorptive capacity in joint ICT project teams in Malaysia

Library Review , Volume 64 (1/2): 17 – Feb 2, 2015

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0024-2535
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10.1108/LR-08-2014-0095
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Abstract

Purpose– This study aims to investigate the micro-antecedents of the multidimensional construct of absorptive capacity (ACAP) from the perspective of the individual characteristics underlying learning capability in joint project information and communications technology (ICT) teams. Specifically, the model proposes prior experience and learning goal orientations as the micro-antecedents and delineates ACAP into four dimensions. Design/methodology/approach– The context of study was the joint project teams, set up to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from expatriate to local employees in Malaysian ICT sector. Data collected through the cross-sectional survey of 205 local team members of joint ICT projects in Malaysia were analyzed using structural equation modelling. Findings– Individual’s prior experience and learning orientation were associated with the ability to assimilate and recognize the value of partner’s knowledge, respectively. Furthermore, the hypothesized relationships among the ACAP dimensions were supported, and the mediating effect of shared cognition was confirmed. Research limitations/implications– The use of cross-sectional and self-reported survey is a major limitation of this study. Practical implications– Managerial implications are offered on the selection of team members and designing the joint project team. Originality/value– This study demonstrates prior experience and learning orientation as antecedents of individuals’ learning capability, thereby extending extant conceptualization on the multifaceted nature of ACAP.

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Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 2, 2015

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