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Impact of multiple commitments on the performance of open innovation projects: the mediating role of trusted and vigilant knowledge interaction

Yanjun Qin (School of Economics and Management, China University of Petroleum East China – Qingdao Campus, Qingdao, China)
Jun Wang (School of Economics and Management, China University of Petroleum East China – Qingdao Campus, Qingdao, China)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 22 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Based on commitment system theory and commitment-trust theory, this study aims to reveal the effects of participating teams’ multiple commitments (i.e. synergistic commitments and conflicting commitments) on the performance of open innovation projects through the mediating role of trusted knowledge interaction and vigilant knowledge interaction.

Design/methodology/approach

Primary survey data collected from 242 respondents of 47 open innovation projects in the manufacturing industry was used to test eight hypotheses. Correlations between multiple commitments, knowledge interaction and the performance of open innovation projects were investigated.

Findings

The findings reveal that synergistic commitments improve the performance of open innovation projects through enhancing trusted knowledge interaction. Synergistic commitments reduce the level of vigilant knowledge interaction, and the performance of open innovation projects follows an inverted U-shaped relationship with vigilant knowledge interaction. Conflicting commitments negatively moderate the effect of synergistic commitments on trusted knowledge interaction and vigilant knowledge interaction.

Originality/value

The authors extend commitment system theory and commitment-trust theory to open innovation project field. The findings bridge the gaps in isolated and static focus in previous commitment literatures and innovation management literatures, and provide practical guidance for how to better manage the dynamic combination of multiple commitments and knowledge interaction among participating teams in open innovation projects.

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Acknowledgements

This research was funded by Innovation fund project for graduate students of China University of Petroleum (East China) [grant number 22CX04007A], the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities [grant number 19CX04033B] and Soft Science Research Project in Shandong Province [grant number 2021RZA04027]. The authors are grateful to the editors and anonymous reviewers for their helpful reviews and comments.

Citation

Qin, Y. and Wang, J. (2022), "Impact of multiple commitments on the performance of open innovation projects: the mediating role of trusted and vigilant knowledge interaction", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-06-2022-0454

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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