Linking peripheral vision with relational capital through knowledge structures

J.-G. Cegarra-Navarro, A. K. P. Wensley, Alexeis Garcia-Perez, A. Sotos-Villarejo

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Purpose: Peripheral vision or side vision refers to that which is visible to the eye while being outside of its central area of focus. Peripheral vision enables organisms to detect movement and potential threats in their environment. This paper aims to contribute to the understanding of the concept of peripheral vision in the business environment, as well as its relationship with knowledge structures in the form of technology knowledge and absorptive capacity. The relative importance and significance of technology knowledge and absorptive capacity as mediators between ‘relational capital’ and ‘peripheral vision’ are also examined. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reports an empirical investigation involving 125 employees from the banking sector. Data collected was statistically analysed using PLS-Graph software version 03.00. Results of the data analysis show relationships uncovered in the existing literature. Findings: The creation of relational capital by employees from the banking sector relies to a large extent on managers' ability to perceive, analyse and understand activity that is often outside the focus of their attention. Practical implications: Managers who explicitly value their relational capital have a wider vision of their environment. In turn, a wider understanding of the activity in the environment drives the strengthening of the organisation and its relational capital. Originality/value: Peripheral vision can have a direct impact on the organisation's appetite for the development of its technology knowledge base, thus contributing to enhance the firm’s absorptive capacity as well as the extent, quality and value of its relational capital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)714-733
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intellectual Capital
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2016


  • Peripheral Vision
  • Technology Knowledge
  • Relational Capital
  • Absorptive Capacity


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