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Be close to government and academy: TMT social capital, network prestige and firm’s innovation performance

Yu Zhou (Department of Organization and Human Resources, Business School, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Huaiqian Zhu (Department of Organization and Human Resources, Business School, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Li Zhu (China Center for Economic Research, National School of Development, Peking University, Beijing, China)
Guangjian Liu (School of Management, Shandong University, Jinan, China)
Yufeng Zou (Department of Organization and Human Resources, Business School, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)

Chinese Management Studies

ISSN: 1750-614X

Article publication date: 14 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing from social capital theory and resource dependence theory, this paper aims to test the relationship between top management team (TMT) government social capital and firm’s innovation performance via firm’s network prestige, and the moderating effect of TMT academic social capital.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors collected data from the China Stock Market and Accounting Research Database as well as A-share listed firms’ annual reports, and finally generated a sample of 922 firms and 2,464 firm-years from 2008 to 2014. UCINET 6.0 was used to analyze the data.

Findings

The authors find that the government social capital of TMT is positively related to firms’ innovation performance and firms’ network prestige plays a mediating role in this relationship. In addition, TMT academic social capital can strengthen the links between TMT government social capital and innovation performance through firms’ network prestige.

Originality/value

This paper not only contributes to literatures on the mechanism in the relationship between government social capital and firms’ innovation, but also to literatures on the effectiveness of the heterogeneity of firm’s social capital.

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Acknowledgements

Our research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( Grant No. 72072180, Grant No. 72202005, Grant No. 7207040709).

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

Citation

Zhou, Y., Zhu, H., Zhu, L., Liu, G. and Zou, Y. (2022), "Be close to government and academy: TMT social capital, network prestige and firm’s innovation performance", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-03-2021-0109

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