Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research

The Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research is a research centre of Birkbeck, University of London.

  • The Centre’s research portfolio draws on a variety of academic disciplines across the fields of management, law, geography, economics and science policy.
  • Thematically it encompasses the role of innovation systems, intellectual property rights, markets, social capital, entrepreneurship, globalisation, and more.
  • The implications for management (business and public) and for policy are central to our research.
  • The Centre’s academic team delivers high quality teaching to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Workshop on Absorptive Capacity: Conceptual and Empirical Issues

Friday, 23 June 2017

Following the seminal work by Cohen and Levinthal the concept of absorptive capacity has been used extensively in innovation studies. Yet its conceptualization and its operationalization are far from agreed on in the literature. While most works apply the concept at the firm level – the level to which was originally applied to by Cohen and Levinthal – an increasing number of works have tried to apply it at the macro level. Whichever the level it is applied at, the concept and its operationalization have implications for policies at either the macro or micro level or at both.

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