The mediating function of absorptive capacity in the relationship between intellectual capital and innovation in higher education institutes in southern Tamaulipas
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capital intelectual
capacidad absortiva
innovación organizacional
Higher Education
relational capital
human capital
knowledge transfer
structural equation modeling
partial least squares intellectual capital
absortive capacity
organizational innovation
educación superior
capital relacional
capital humano
transferencia de conocimiento tácito
ecuaciones estructurales
mínimos cuadrados parciales

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Nahuat Román, B., Rodríguez Vargas, M., & Gómez de la Fuente, M. del C. (2021). The mediating function of absorptive capacity in the relationship between intellectual capital and innovation in higher education institutes in southern Tamaulipas. Nova Scientia, 13(27).


Introduction: At present, innovation in organizations is demanded in an unprecedented way, although intellectual capital (CI) has been identified as one of its triggers, one step forward is to understand the role that other variables have in this relationship.

Therefore, the main objective of this research is to determine the mediating function of absorptive capacity (CA) in the relationship between CI and_ organizational innovation in higher education institutes in southern Tamaulipas. As a complementary objective, it is proposed to determine the effect that CI and_ CA have on organizational innovation.

Method: A census of the 27 higher education schools in southern Tamaulipas was considered, from which 92 teacher questionnaires were collected in the first semester of 2020 to later apply a structural equation model with the PLS technique.

Results: The evidence confirms the mediating role of CA in the relationship between CI and_ organizational innovation. Likewise, the results allow to observe a positive and_ significant effect of the CI and_ CA variables on organizational innovation.

Discussion: The result broadens the knowledge of the mediating function that CA has in the relationship between CI and_ organizational innovation, in the same way it suggests that to the extent that this effect of CA can be controlled, innovation could be favored.
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