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AGRAMUNT, LUIS FELIPE  and  BERBEL-PINEDA, JUAN M.. The positive moderating effect of absorptive capacity on R&D investment: the case of Argentina’s ict firms. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2018, vol.90, n.3, pp.3207-3221. ISSN 0001-3765.

The model analyzes the positive moderating role of absorptive capacity (ACAP) in the innovative outcomes of the firms. It focuses on ACAP as a moderating variable of the innovative efforts that firms develop or have the chance of incorporating from outside and not just as an antecedent of the innovation results. The empirical evidence collected comes from a study conducted on 189 SMEs working in IT services in Argentina and the results prove the main hypothesis of how ACAP is a positive moderating factor of the innovative effort of firms, even in the case of the connections created by their the participation in international networks not having a high correlation. Some suggestions for policymaker managers and future lines of research are provided.

Keywords : absorptive capacity; innovation; internationalization; networks; innovative result.

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