Systems thinkingand absorptive capacity in high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises from South Korea

Young Ah Kim, Hammad Akbar, Nikolaos Tzokas, Haya Al-Dajani

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This article develops and tests absorptive capacity’s relationship with one of its important forerunners – systems thinking – which, although postulated as an important element, has received little empirical attention in the absorptive capacity literature. Our contribution lies in the introduction of unique pathways through which systems thinking influences absorptive capacity and how it affects various interrelated dimensions of high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises’ performance, by examining evidence from South Korea’s semiconductor industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-896
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Issue number8
Early online date15 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • absorptive capacity
  • high-tech SMEs organisational performance
  • South Korea
  • systems thinking

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