To continue prospecting: Performance implications of combinative capabilities and explorative learning

Nor Liza Abdullah, Abdul Latif Salleh

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Abstract

Knowledge is increasingly regarded as a primary strategic resource for firms and the processes involved in the knowledge domain becomes central to organizational success. This paper examines mediating effect of combinative capabilities in strategy-learning relationship. Using March's definition of explorative learning, this study attempts to identify the importance of combinative capabilities that are defined as system, socialization, and coordination capabilities to support explorative learning effort by firms. Responses from 208 manufacturing firms in Malaysia were analyzed using Structural Equation Modeling. Combinative capabilities were found to partially mediate the relationship between prospector strategic orientation and explorative learning. The findings also supported the hypothesis of negative re lat ionship between system capabilit ies and explorative learn ing and positive re lat ionship between coordination capabilities and explorative learning. However, the negative relationship postulated between socialization capabilities and explorative learning was not supported. The findings of this paper suggested that the choice of learning as incumbent to the strategy pursued by firms and alignment between learning and internal organizational mechanisms of firms is important to ensure proper implementation and significant results of the learning process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Pages1107-1123
Number of pages17
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event7th International Strategic Management Conference - Paris, France
Duration: 30 Jun 20112 Jul 2011

Other

Other7th International Strategic Management Conference
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period30/6/112/7/11

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Keywords

  • Knowledge management
  • Organizational learning
  • Resource-based
  • Strategic management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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To continue prospecting : Performance implications of combinative capabilities and explorative learning. / Abdullah, Nor Liza; Salleh, Abdul Latif.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 24 2011. p. 1107-1123.

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Abdullah, NL & Salleh, AL 2011, To continue prospecting: Performance implications of combinative capabilities and explorative learning. in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 24, pp. 1107-1123, 7th International Strategic Management Conference, Paris, France, 30/6/11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.09.113
Abdullah, Nor Liza ; Salleh, Abdul Latif. / To continue prospecting : Performance implications of combinative capabilities and explorative learning. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 24 2011. pp. 1107-1123
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