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The curvilinear relationship between advice-giving and innovative capability: a knowledge exchange and combination explanation of the moderated relations

Dao-Jin Wang (School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing, China)
Hong-Jiang Lv (School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing, China)
Ying-Tang Zhou (College of Engineering, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China)

Chinese Management Studies

ISSN: 1750-614X

Article publication date: 8 February 2021

Issue publication date: 31 March 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to elucidate how the advice-giving affects innovative capability by involving knowledge exchange and combination as a mediator and contextual ambidexterity as an important contingency.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a survey of 96 Chinese teams, a set of hypotheses was tested using regression analyzes.

Findings

The findings showed that contextual ambidexterity moderates the indirect effect of advice-giving on innovative capability through knowledge exchange and combination. When contextual ambidexterity is high, workers engage in more knowledge exchange and combination for the team at intermediate levels of advice-giving, the indirect effect of advice-giving at low levels and at high levels exist. When contextual ambidexterity is low, there is no indirect effect of advice-giving at any level.

Practical implications

Managers should be aware of the inverted U-shaped relationship between advice-giving and innovative capability and strengthen the construction of contextual ambidexterity.

Originality/value

This paper makes up for the theoretical gap between advice-giving and innovative capability. Furthermore, it provides a theoretical reference for practitioners to improve their innovative capability.

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Acknowledgements

The work described in this paper was supported by “National Natural Science Foundation of China (71472036; 71872041); Qing Lan Project of the Higher Education Institutions of Jiangsu Province (1140000296); The Key Project of Philosophy and Social Science Research in Universities of Jiangsu Province (2017ZDIXM015); the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2242019S20020).”

Citation

Wang, D.-J., Lv, H.-J. and Zhou, Y.-T. (2021), "The curvilinear relationship between advice-giving and innovative capability: a knowledge exchange and combination explanation of the moderated relations", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 413-427. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-06-2020-0246

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