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Table 1 Map of facilitation processes and activities to external absorptive capacity meta-routines

From: Why (we think) facilitation works: insights from organizational learning theory

External absorptive capacity meta-routines [9] Facilitation processes and activitiesa [1, 46]
Identifying and recognizing the value of externally generated knowledge Introduces new research-based ideas of potential value to resolving performance gaps
Learning from and with partners, suppliers, customers, competitors, and consultants Establishes effective communication channels
Networking
Supports the development of new competencies or skills by identifying external suppliers
Transferring knowledge back to the organization (establishing knowledge sharing processes) Establishes effective communication channels
  1. aFor primary sources, see Additional file 1: Table S1a