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dc.contributor.authorGhassim, Babak
dc.contributor.authorFoss, Lene
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-23T13:24:36Z
dc.date.available2018-11-23T13:24:36Z
dc.date.embargoEndDate2020-10-05
dc.date.issued2018-10-04
dc.description.abstractIt is indisputable that achieving sustainability in the minerals industry requires a holistic approach to innovation that utilizes the breadth of knowledge found outside the industry. While providing a myriad of opportunities, this open approach to innovation would also be challenging in that companies need to have sufficient absorptive capacity, i.e. the ability to ‘recognize’, ‘assimilate’ and ‘exploit’ external knowledge when developing their processes and products. Despite recent theoretical advances, we do not yet fully understand the determinants of these three components of absorptive capacity for innovations aimed at sustainability. By employing a qualitative design with data obtained from 16 interviews conducted within Norway's minerals industry, this study explores the skills and routines that comprise micro-foundations of the capabilities for absorptive capacity. The analysis reveals that, in order to achieve recognition, companies need to firstly keep abreast of technological and market changes that emanate from sustainability transition, and secondly increase their awareness about social issues. Accordingly, assimilation depends on the established routines for facilitating dissemination of internal knowledge, whereas exploitation occurs by means of the piloting of innovative new solutions. This paper contributes to the sustainability-oriented innovation literature by demonstrating how companies in sustainability-sensitive industries could benefit from various types of external knowledge in their innovation activities. It also provides some insights into the nature of open innovation and absorptive capacity beyond high-tech industries and research and development-based knowledge.en_US
dc.descriptionAccepted manuscript version. Published version available at <a href=https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resourpol.2018.09.011> https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resourpol.2018.09.011</a>. Licensed <a href=http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/> CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.</a>en_US
dc.identifier.citationGhassim, B. & Foss, L. (2018). Understanding the micro-foundations of internal capabilities for open innovation in the minerals industry: a holistic sustainability perspective. <i>Resources policy</i>. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resourpol.2018.09.011en_US
dc.identifier.issn0301-4207
dc.identifier.issn1873-7641
dc.identifier.otherFRIDAID 1619551
dc.identifier.other10.1016/j.resourpol.2018.09.011
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/14229
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.ispartofGhassim, B. (2018). Embracing stakeholder engagement in sustainability-oriented innovation: Internal capabilities and dynamics of open innovation in the Norwegian minerals industry. Doctoral thesis. <a href=http://hdl.handle.net/10037/14544>http://hdl.handle.net/10037/14544. </a>
dc.relation.journalResources policy
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dc.subjectVDP::Social science: 200::Economics: 210en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Økonomi: 210en_US
dc.subjectAbsorptive capacityen_US
dc.subjectsustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectOpen innovationen_US
dc.subjectMinerals industryen_US
dc.subjectInnovation capabilityen_US
dc.titleUnderstanding the micro-foundations of internal capabilities for open innovation in the minerals industry: a holistic sustainability perspectiveen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
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dc.typePeer revieweden_US


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