Knowledge Sharing, Absorptive Capacity and Innovation in the Brazilian Apple Production Chain

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https://doi.org/10.5020/2318-0722.2021.27.3.9983

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: Knowledge Sharing, Absorptive Capacity, Innovation, Agribusiness

Resumo

An innovative and highly technological spirit characterizes the Brazilian agribusiness sector. This sector is important not only for generating wealth but also for being responsible for the movement of other economy's sectors. In this context, knowledge sharing has been treated as an antecedent of innovation, but not always considering the role of absorptive capacity. In the agribusiness context, this relationship is still less explored. Thus, in this paper, we propose a structural equations model to analyze the relationship between knowledge sharing, absorptive capacity and its influence on innovation in the Brazilian apple production chain. To validate the model and the proposed hypotheses, we use a quantitative-descriptive methodology, empirically investigated based on a survey. We apply a questionnaire with 166 actors from the apple value chain, from the production and packing-houses segments of Southern Brazil. The results obtained provided strong support for hypothesized relationships, which demonstrated that the sharing of knowledge significantly influences innovation in the Brazilian apple production chain. However, must be integrated with the absorptive capacity to maximize its effects.

Biografia do Autor

Gabriela Zanandrea, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS)

Ph.D. in Administration at the University of Caxias do Sul (UCS), with a sandwich doctorate in the University of Aveiro, Portugal (2018). Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher fellow in Administration at Unisinos, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Cristiane Froehlich, Universidade Feevale

Docente e Pesquisadora do Instituto de Ciências Sociais e Aplicadas da Universidade Feevale.

Claudia Cristina Bitencourt, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos)

Ph.D. in Business Administration from UFRGS, Brazil. Currently, she is a full professor and researcher at Unisinos Graduate Program in Business; Scientific director of ANPAD (Brazilian Academy of Management); Member of the International Councils AACSB/LATAM and IAJBS.

Maria Emilia Camargo, Universidade de Caxias do Sul

Doutora em Engenharia de Produção pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC). Professora Permanente dos Programas de Pós-Graduação em Administração e Engenharia de Produção da UCS. Coordenadora do Programa de Pós-graduação em Engenharia de Produção da UCS.

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ZANANDREA, G.; FROEHLICH, C.; BITENCOURT, C. C.; CAMARGO, M. E. Knowledge Sharing, Absorptive Capacity and Innovation in the Brazilian Apple Production Chain. Revista Ciências Administrativas, [S. l.], v. 27, n. 3, 2021. DOI: 10.5020/2318-0722.2021.27.3.9983. Disponível em: https://ojs.unifor.br/rca/article/view/9983. Acesso em: 6 dez. 2022.

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