The relationship between top management team innovation orientation and firm growth: The mediating role of firm innovativeness

Kraiczy, Nils Daniel; Hack, Andreas; Kellermanns, Franz W. (2015). The relationship between top management team innovation orientation and firm growth: The mediating role of firm innovativeness. International Journal of Innovation Management, 19(1), pp. 1-24. Imperial College Press 10.1142/S136391961550005X

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Upper echelon theory and research on innovation have considered top management teams and their behaviour and characteristics as important factors that positively influence innovativeness and organizational outcomes. Yet, innovation research has mostly focused on individual new product projects, and their performance and impact on firm performance. Recent research has started to apply a more holistic view in terms of innovation, by considering firm-wide innovation instead of single new products. Upper echelon research has concentrated on direct relationships between top management team characteristics and organizational outcomes. But recent research calls for mediating effects of the relationship between top management team characteristics and organizational outcomes. Hence, this study introduces firm innovativeness as a mediator between top management team innovation orientation and firm growth. Focusing on small and medium-sized firms, which often represent highly innovative firms, results show that firm innovativeness fully mediates the relationship between top management team innovation orientation and firm growth. Implications and future research are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

Kraiczy, Nils Daniel and Hack, Andreas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1363-9196

Publisher:

Imperial College Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nils Daniel Kraiczy

Date Deposited:

26 May 2015 09:00

Last Modified:

26 May 2015 09:00

Publisher DOI:

10.1142/S136391961550005X

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/68819

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