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Call for Papers


2nd SMG Absorptive Capacity Conference

November 15 – 16 2012, Copenhagen Business School



Absorptive Capacity Across Levels:

Micro-foundations, Micro-Macro Dynamics and Organizational Antecedents




The Department of Strategic Management and Globalization (SMG) at the Copenhagen Business School warmly invites submissions for a focused conference on absorptive capacity, which will be held on Thursday November 15 and Friday November 16 2012 at the Copenhagen Business School.



About the conference


The aim of the conference is to offer a supportive setting for participants to receive valuable feedback on papers in various stages of development, and to offer the opportunity to meet with others who share an interest in absorptive capacity. This conference follows up on the successful first SMG absorptive capacity workshop which was held in 2011.


We seek papers on all aspects of absorptive capacity, and are particularly interested in papers that seek to advance our understanding of absorptive capacity by addressing any of the following themes:


  • Papers that seek to uncover the micro-foundations or individual-level origins of organizational absorptive capacity.


  • Papers that focus on the micro-macro dynamics of absorptive capacity, such as the actions and interactions through which individual absorptive capacity may aggregate up to the organizational level.


  • Papers that address the organizational and managerial antecedents of individual and organizational absorptive capacity, such as incentive systems, organizational structure, and HRM practices.


We also warmly invite papers that seek to contribute to the literature on absorptive capacity through methodological advancements.



Submission instructions


The deadline for submissions is September 17, 2012.Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their paper no later than September 24. Participants are requested to confirm their participation by registering for the workshop no later than October 10. Please see the conference website  for practical information on, for instance, accommodation and transportation.


For any questions regarding the workshop, please contact Jasper Hotho ([log in to unmask]). For practical issues, please contact Julie Siezing or Pia Elmegård ([log in to unmask])


Please feel free to forward this call to interested colleagues. We look forward to receiving your submissions, and to welcoming you in Copenhagen!



Time and place 

15 and 16 November 2012


Copenhagen Business School
Kilen Campus, Kilevej 14
2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark


Conference website

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Submission deadline

September 17, 2012


Arranged by
Department of Strategic
Management and Globalization


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Jasper Hotho
Assistant Professor


Department of Strategic Management and Globalization
Copenhagen Business School | Kilevej 14, 2. | DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark | website


Hotho, JJ, F. Becker-Ritterspach and A. Saka-Helmhout (forthcoming) 'Enriching absorptive capacity through social interaction', British Journal of Management.



Please note the call for papers for a Global Strategy Journal special issue on The Mutual Impact of Global Strategy and Organizational Learning, co-edited with Marjorie Lyles and Mark Easterby-Smith. The submission deadline is April 1, 2013.



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