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2015 | 11 | nr 4 The Process of Firm Growth | 63--91
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Absorptive Capacity and Its Role for the Company Growth and Competitive Advantage : the Case of Frauenthal Automotive Toruń Company

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The aim of the paper is to study the role of absorptive capacity for the company growth and competitive advantage through open innovations. The case of Frauenthal Automotive Toruń is used to explore how the routines and best practices associated with the firm absorptive capacity contribute to its success. The case study is to validate the thesis that through developing skills to recognize valuable knowledge in the environment, acquire this knowledge, assimilate, transform and develop it companies are able to apply and benefit from open innovations in order to grow and strengthen their competitive advantages. In order to achieve the aim of the paper the following research objectives have been set: (1) to identify the lessons and best practices applied in Frauenthal Automotive Toruń in relation to the company absorptive capacity; (2) to analyze the relationships between the concepts of absorptive capacity and open innovation; (3) to exemplify and discuss the outcomes of the company absorptive capacity in regard to innovations, company growth and competitive advantage. (original abstract)
Celem artykułu jest dokonanie analizy roli i znaczenia zdolności organizacji do absorpcji wiedzy zewnętrznej dla wzrostu przedsiębiorstwa i budowania jego przewagi konkurencyjnej poprzez innowacje. Przypadek przedsiębiorstwa Frauenthal Automotive Toruń został wykorzystany do zbadania w jaki sposób działania i dobre praktyki związane ze zdolnością organizacji do absorpcji wiedzy zewnętrznej wpływają na jej wzrost i sukces biznesowy. W wyniku operacjonalizacji celu głównego określono trzy cele szczegółowe: (1) zidentyfikowanie we Frauenthal Automotive Toruń doświadczeń i dobrych praktyk w zakresie procesów absorpcji wiedzy zewnętrznej; (2) dokonanie analizy relacji pomiędzy koncepcjami zdolności organizacji do absorpcji wiedzy zewnętrznej i otwartych innowacji; (3) wskazanie i dokonanie analizy przykładów wykorzystania przez Frauenthal Automotive Toruń zdolności do absorpcji wiedzy zewnętrznej w celu tworzenia innowacji, rozwoju i wzrostu przedsiębiorstwa oraz jego przewagi konkurencyjnej. (abstrakt oryginalny)
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  • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
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