Organizational configuration and the development of the absorptive capacity: relations and influences




absorptive capacity, organizational configuration, organizational structure


Objective: to analyze the existing relationships between typologies of organizational configurations with the development of absorptive capacity. Methodology: empirical research of an applied nature, Qualitative and descriptive approach. Data were collected through interviews with a structured script and analyzed using the content analysis technique. Originality: Offers explanations of how organizational settings influence the development of ACAP. Main results: the simple structure configuration favors the recognition capacity and limits the assimilation and application capacity. The bureaucratic machine favors the capacity for recognition and assimilation, and limits application. Professional bureaucracy limits the capacity for recognition and application and favors assimilation. In the divided form, the capacity for recognition and assimilation is favored, and the capacity for application is limited. In adhocracy the ability of recognition, assimilation and application are favored. Theoretical contributions: the evidence indicates a fruitful and significant relationship between the constructs, a fact that allows us to understand the organizational configuration as an important antecedent of ACAP.


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Author Biographies

Gabriela Cappellari, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, UFSM - Palmeira das Missões, RS

Professor at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), at the Campus of Palmeira das Missões/RS. PhD in Regional Development, business management research line at the Regional University of the Northwest of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (UNIJUÍ, 2020). Master in Development (2017). Specialist in Business Management (2015). Marketing Specialist (2011). Graduated in Administration (2010). Interest in investigations focusing on the importance of strategy, its impacts on organizations and society. Studies that aim to understand the relationships between public and/or private organizations and society, and studies on the relationships between people in the organizational, environmental and social context. Also, qualitative research methods.

Jorge Oneide Sausen, Unijuí - Ijuí, RS

Graduated in Business Administration from the Regional University of the Northwest of the State of Rio Grande do Sul - UNIJUI (1984), Master in Business Administration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS (1991), PhD in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina - UFSC (2002) and Post-Doctorate in Business Administration from the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration - EBAPE, from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation - FGV-RJ (2011). He is currently Full Professor at the Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Regional Development at the Regional University of the Northwest of the State of Rio Grande do Sul - UNIJUÍ - Department of Administrative, Accounting, Economic and Communication Sciences. He has experience in Administration, with emphasis on strategic administration, working mainly on the following topics: strategic management, organizational strategic change and adaptation, competitive strategies, organizational strategic alignment, local and regional development, dynamic capabilities and absorptive capabilities.

Gloria Charão Ferreira, Unijuí - Ijuí, RS

Postdoctoral in Regional Development (UNIJUÍ/RS), CAPES/PNPD scholarship holder; PhD in Management from the University of Beira Interior (UBI/PT - 2017), title recognized in Brazil by the University of Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI/SC - 2017 - CAPES 5 Concept); CAPES scholarship holder (2015-2017); Master in Business Administration in the area of Business Management and Strategy at Universidade Potiguar (UnP/RN - 2011); Postgraduate - Specialization - in Innovative People and Team Management from the Lutheran University of Brazil (ULBRA/RS - 2007). Graduated in Speech Therapy from the Lutheran University of Brazil (ULBRA/RS - 1997). With publications including book chapters and articles in national and international journals, as well as work presentations at national and international congresses. Evaluator of journals and theme leader of EnANPAD and 3Es, ESO Division, in 2019 and 2020. Associate editor of Revista de Administração Mackenzie - RAM - Qualis CAPES A2 - SPECIAL ISSUE ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY, in 2019. With experience in the area of Administration, acting in teaching and researching the following topics: Absorption Capacity, Dynamic Capabilities, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Family Business Management, and Regional Development.

Carlos Ricardo Rossetto, Univali - Itajaí / SC

Researcher with CNPq Productivity Scholarship, Post Doctorate in 2017 by Université Grenoble Alpes (France). PhD in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 1998. He is currently a visiting professor at the National University of San Aguntin (UNSA). Professor at the University of Vale do Itajaí. Professor of the Graduate Program in Administration (PPGA/Master and Doctorate) and the Professional Master's Program in Management, Internationalization and Logistics (PMPGIL) teaching the disciplines of Research Methodology, Macro-Organizational Analysis, Strategy and Competitive Advantage and Topics specials. His research focus is on studies on environment, strategic behavior, dynamic capabilities (absorptive, innovative and adaptive), resources and performance in organizations. It also researches innovation ecosystems and knowledge-based vision.


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Cappellari, G., Sausen, J. O., Ferreira, G. C., & Rossetto, C. R. (2023). Organizational configuration and the development of the absorptive capacity: relations and influences. Revista Ibero-Americana De Estratégia, 22(1), e22807.