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

Gabriela Cappellari, Jorge Oneide Sausen, Gloria Charão Ferreira, Carlos Ricardo Rossetto


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.


absorptive capacity; organizational configuration; organizational structure


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