Based on a double case-study, this paper discusses the role of social capital in the creation of organisational absorptive capacity. Bridging social capital makes it possible to acquire new knowledge whereas bonding social capital assists the exploitation of that knowledge. In addition, this study presents a concept of creative social capital to facilitate the transition from assimilation to transformation. Two action research cases present the generation of social interaction mechanisms that facilitate the move from potential absorptive capacity to realised absorptive capacity. In these cases the creative social capital is being concretised as a) group-based identity, and b) willingness to form a mutual goal.
Proceedings of the 11th International Cinet Conference: Practicing Innovation in Times of Discontinuity, 2010
social capital; absorptive capacity; social integrative mechanisms