Absorptive capacity in software industry: Comparative analysis of two Mexican regions, Baja California and Guadalajara
Guadarrama, Victor Hugo
Sampedro, José Luis
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Understanding on the role that region plays in the innovation processes has increased in the last years; in the same way, the necessity to develop the firm absorptive capacity has been shown in an important way. If a firm doesn't develop its absorptive capacity cannot take advantage from the knowledge that is generated in a region and be innovative. But, is necessary understand that if a region promotes the development and exchange of knowledge, as well as use of innovators practices, the firms will increase their absorptive capacity and therefore their possibility to innovate. In this paper we show the importance that region has in the creation and development of absorptive capacity in Mexican software firms. To carry out the analysis, we suggest the concept of Sectoral Regional System of Innovation (SSRI), which allows us to stand out the importance of a region for the absorptive capacity development. In this paper two cases are analyzed: Baja California and the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara (MAG). In each of them the determinant of the absorptive capacity are analyzed as well as the role of each SSRI in their creation and development.