Absorptive, innovative and adaptive capabilities and their impact on project and project portfolio performance
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Original versionInternational Journal of Project Management 2012, 30(5):621-635 10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.01.016
This study explores how absorptive, innovative and adaptive capabilities within early project phases affect project and portfolio performance in pharmaceutical and biotechnology R&D organizations. A sequential qualitative – quantitative mixed method was used with 18 interviews and 80 responses to an online survey. The results show effects of absorptive, innovative and adaptive capabilities on short- and long-term project performance and portfolio performance. Absorptive and adaptive capabilities are the primary contributors to the performance outcome, whereas innovative capabilities are a minor contributor. Managerial and theoretical implications are discussed.
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