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The antecedents of innovation performance: the moderating role of top management team diversity

Peng-Yu Li (Department of Finance and International Business, Fu-Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City, Taiwan)
Kuo-Feng Huang (Department of Business Administration, National Chengchi University, Taipei City, Taiwan)

Baltic Journal of Management

ISSN: 1746-5265

Article publication date: 1 March 2019

Issue publication date: 18 March 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate why firms engaged in R&D investment and international diversification produce different results in innovation performance.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is based on a sample of 283 Taiwanese manufacturing firms in the information technology industry.

Findings

The findings showed that in the top management teams (TMTs) with greater tenure diversity there was a stronger relationship between R&D investment and innovation performance. In addition, the TMTs with greater educational diversity enhanced the relationship between international diversification and innovation performance.

Originality/value

This study stresses the vital role of TMT diversity in resource allocation and information processing during the process of innovation. The authors examined the critical role of TMT educational diversity in bringing a wider range of network resources and the role of TMT tenure diversity in the allocation of firm-specific resources. The TMT diversity causes firms to experience different innovation results during the innovation process.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank three anonymous reviewers, the Editor, Professor Ruta Kazlauskaite, and the Associate Editor, Timurs Umans, for their very helpful comments and useful suggestions.

Citation

Li, P.-Y. and Huang, K.-F. (2019), "The antecedents of innovation performance: the moderating role of top management team diversity", Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 291-311. https://doi.org/10.1108/BJM-07-2017-0202

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