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Absorptive capacity and disaster immunity: the mediating role of information quality and change management capability

J. Kiarash Sadeghi (G.B. College of Business, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)
Elisabeth Struckell (Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA)
Divesh Ojha (G.B. College of Business at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)
David Nowicki (G.B. College of Business at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 22 December 2020

Issue publication date: 24 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Service organization supply chains provide a context that amplifies the complexity of interorganizational interdependencies and the need to build unique capabilities and innovative solutions, especially when confronted with man-made or natural disasters. Using the lens of complex adaptive systems (CAS), this study aims to investigate the role of absorptive capacity (AC), change management capability and information quality in improving a firm’s ability to cope with disasters – disaster immunity (DI). The study uniquely parses absorptive capacity into a three-variable, second-order construct (absorptive human resource management, absorptive complementary knowledge and absorptive infrastructure).

Design/methodology/approach

Using data collected from 264 US service firms in a supply chain context, this paper evaluates the research model using the structural equation modeling approach.

Findings

The second-order, three-dimensional framework for AC has far superior psychometric properties as compared to the previous unidimensional conceptualizations. Results show that AC influences a firm’s DI through change management capability and information quality – two DI enhancing resources.

Originality/value

The paper builds on previous conceptual discussions of absorptive capacity as a multidimensional construct by operationalizing AC as a latent variable with three dimensions (above). Moreover, this paper shows that AC, change management capability, information quality and DI are interrelated parts of a CAS.

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Citation

Sadeghi, J.K., Struckell, E., Ojha, D. and Nowicki, D. (2021), "Absorptive capacity and disaster immunity: the mediating role of information quality and change management capability", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 714-742. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-06-2020-0404

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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