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The effect of the social network of the top management team on innovation in cultural and creative industries: A study based on knowledge network embedding

Hao Jiao (Business School, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China)
Yupei Wang (Business School, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China)
Minjia Liu (Business School, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China)

Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management

ISSN: 2040-8005

Article publication date: 1 October 2019

Issue publication date: 10 December 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore how the influence of the social network of the members of top management teams affects the firms’ innovation performance through organizational learning in cultural and creative industries in China.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on cultural and creative industries, this paper focuses on how the social network of members of top management teams affects innovation through organizational learning. Using upper Echelon theory and social capital theory, the paper puts forward the relationship between the top management team’s social network, organizational learning and innovation performance.

Findings

Drawing on the paradigm of organizational strategy duality (input-process-output), this paper constructs the conceptual model of “relational network – organizational learning − innovative performance” and attempts to reveal the relationship between the network, represented by the senior management network and organizational learning, and the mechanism behind their role in innovation performance. Finally, future research prospects are explored.

Research limitations/implications

Based on the analysis of the internal mechanism between the top management team network, organizational learning and innovation performance, the influence mechanism framework for the cultural and creative industries’ executive team social network on enterprise innovation is finally obtained, which provides theoretical guidance and a practical operation path for enterprise management innovation.

Originality/value

This research makes a theoretical contribution to the duality of organizational strategy and provides a practical operation path for enterprises to build a social network, and thereby promote innovation capabilities.

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Acknowledgements

This paper forms part of a special section “Strategic human resource management and supply chain orientation in Asia: growth potential and research agenda”, guest edited by C. Rowley and Sudhanshu Joshi.

The research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71572017) and Beijing Social Science Research Foundation of China (15JGC144).

Citation

Jiao, H., Wang, Y. and Liu, M. (2019), "The effect of the social network of the top management team on innovation in cultural and creative industries: A study based on knowledge network embedding", Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, Vol. 10 No. 1/2, pp. 4-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHRM-10-2018-0021

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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