A Cognitive model of executives’ knowledge acquisition

implications for resource-based view

Arash Najmaei

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution


Knowledge is a key strategic resource and its acquisition is a key competence. Executives acquire knowledge to make sense of the environment, make decisions, and manage their resources in face of dynamism. Little is yet known about why executives vary in terms of this ability. Using recent advancements in the strategic cognition, this study proposes and tests a model in which the interaction between executives' cognitive style and their perceived dynamism explains variations in the amount of market and technological knowledge acquired by executives. The findings offer important implications for resource-based view and particularly the knowledge-based perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th ANZAM Conference 2013
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging on the edge
EditorsMartin Grimmer, Rob Hecker
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780987596819
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (27th : 2013) - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (27th : 2013)
CityHobart, Australia


  • knowledge acquisition
  • cognitive style
  • resource-based view
  • perceived dynamism

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