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Absorptive capacity and innovation in the agrifood sector: role of regional networking and uncertainty

Bert Vermeire UGent (2009)
abstract
Although the concept of absorptive capacity has intensively been studied in the past decades, empirical inquiries tend to focus on R&D intensive activities in high-tech sectors, while this has not been explicitly given account for in strategic management literature (Lane et al., 2006, Vega-Jurado et al., 2008). This thesis is a compilation of research papers investigating the role of absorptive capacity in the agrifood sector. It is investigated to what extent this concept is relevant and important for understanding innovation processes in the agrifood sector and for regional development. This challenges theory, by testing the context sensitivity of a concept which has generally been described isolated from its business context. These thesis proceeds along two main lines of inquiry. The first investigates the role of regional networks for the development of absorptive capacity. Indeed, literature points both at the importance of internationalisation and of setting up a regional network for innovation. The second tests the relation between uncertainty and absorptive capacity by an application to the agricultural sector. Indeed, literature states that the perception of uncertainty is an incentive for developing absorptive capacity which, in turn, enables the company to deal with the uncertainty.
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author
promoter
UGent
organization
alternative title
Absorptiecapaciteit en innovatie in de agrivoedingssector : rol van regionale netwerking en onzekerheid
year
type
dissertation (monograph)
subject
keyword
networks, absorptive capacity, uncertainty, region
pages
XVII, 257 pages
publisher
Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
place of publication
Ghent, Belgium
defense location
Gent : Faculteit Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen (A0.030)
defense date
2009-08-25 16:00
ISBN
9789059893177
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
D1
additional info
dissertation consists of copyrighted materials
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
748069
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-748069
alternative location
http://lib.ugent.be/fulltxt/RUG01/001/351/116/RUG01-001351116_2010_0001_AC.pdf
date created
2009-09-09 16:47:50
date last changed
2010-12-14 17:32:43
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  abstract     = {Although the concept of absorptive capacity has intensively been studied in the past decades, empirical inquiries tend to focus on R\&D intensive activities in high-tech sectors, while this has not been explicitly given account for in strategic management literature (Lane et al., 2006, Vega-Jurado et al., 2008). This thesis is a compilation of research papers investigating the role of absorptive capacity in the agrifood sector. It is investigated to what extent this concept is relevant and important for understanding innovation processes in the agrifood sector and for regional development. This challenges theory, by testing the context sensitivity of a concept which has generally been described isolated from its business context. These thesis proceeds along two main lines of inquiry. The first investigates the role of regional networks for the development of absorptive capacity. Indeed, literature points both at the importance of internationalisation and of setting up a regional network for innovation. The second tests the relation between uncertainty and absorptive capacity by an application to the agricultural sector. Indeed, literature states that the perception of uncertainty is an incentive for developing absorptive capacity which, in turn, enables the company to deal with the uncertainty.},
  author       = {Vermeire, Bert},
  isbn         = {9789059893177},
  keyword      = {networks,absorptive capacity,uncertainty,region},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {XVII, 257},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Absorptive capacity and innovation in the agrifood sector: role of regional networking and uncertainty},
  url          = {http://lib.ugent.be/fulltxt/RUG01/001/351/116/RUG01-001351116\_2010\_0001\_AC.pdf},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Vermeire, Bert. 2009. “Absorptive Capacity and Innovation in the Agrifood Sector: Role of Regional Networking and Uncertainty”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.
APA
Vermeire, B. (2009). Absorptive capacity and innovation in the agrifood sector: role of regional networking and uncertainty. Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent, Belgium.
Vancouver
1.
Vermeire B. Absorptive capacity and innovation in the agrifood sector: role of regional networking and uncertainty. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering; 2009.
MLA
Vermeire, Bert. “Absorptive Capacity and Innovation in the Agrifood Sector: Role of Regional Networking and Uncertainty.” 2009 : n. pag. Print.