Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Understanding the micro-foundations of internal capabilities for open innovation in the minerals industry: a holistic sustainability perspective
The School of Business and Economics, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9293-338X
2018 (English)In: Resources policy, ISSN 0301-4207, E-ISSN 1873-7641Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

It 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018.
Keywords [en]
Absorptive capacity, Innovation capability, Minerals industry, Open innovation, Sustainability, Minerals, Holistic sustainability, Innovation activity, Research and development, Sustainability transition, Sustainable development
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45905DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2018.09.011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054171600OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-45905DiVA, id: diva2:1350950
Available from: 2019-09-12 Created: 2019-09-12 Last updated: 2019-09-16Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records BETA

Foss, Lene

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Foss, Lene
In the same journal
Resources policy
Business Administration

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 44 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf