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Influence of knowledge sharing, innovation passion and absorptive capacity on innovation behaviour in China

Pinghao Ye (Wuhan Business University, Wuhan, China)
Liqiong Liu (Wuhan Business University, Wuhan, China)
Joseph Tan (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 29 April 2021

Issue publication date: 20 September 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to address the question of what can significantly impact employees' IB and how employees' IB may be effectively stimulated by investigating key factors such as employees' knowledge sharing, innovation passion, absorptive capacity and risk-taking behaviour on workplace innovation. The moderating role of risk-taking behaviour on the link between absorptive capacity and innovation behaviour is also investigated.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the principles of social exchange theory, the study design explores the complex relationship among knowledge sharing, innovation passion, absorptive capacity and risk-taking vis-à-vis employees' innovation behaviour within a unified analysis framework. Methodologically, employees in the information technology industry in China were surveyed via a questionnaire instrument, with a total of 318 valid questionnaires being collected online. Following a reliability and validity test of the questionnaire, the Smart PLS was used to verify the research model.

Findings

Statistically significant results reported were as follows: (1) employees' innovation behaviour is positively impacted by knowledge sharing, innovation passion and absorptive capacity; (2) employees' innovation behaviour is negatively impacted by risk-taking behaviour; (3) knowledge sharing is positively impacted by innovation passion; (4) absorptive capacity is positively impacted by innovation passion; and (5) risk-taking behaviour regulates the relationship between absorptive capacity and innovation behaviour.

Research limitations/implications

Owing to limited research resources, 318 front-line employees were surveyed via an online questionnaire vis-à-vis the sampling method only, specifically taking knowledge sharing, innovation passion, absorptive capacity and risk-taking behaviour as antecedent variables with implications on how employees' innovation behaviour may be stimulated.

Originality/value

The mechanism of augmenting employees' innovation behaviour is chiefly explained from the perspective of innovation passion and risk-taking behaviour, which are conducive towards promoting employees' willingness to improve knowledge sharing and innovation behaviour. The social exchange theory is used as a basis to form an integrated model for the research, contributing to a cumulative theoretical perspective for future work on the impact of innovation passion and risk-taking behaviour on innovation.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Hubei province technical innovation project (Soft Science Research) [2019ADD160].

Citation

Ye, P., Liu, L. and Tan, J. (2021), "Influence of knowledge sharing, innovation passion and absorptive capacity on innovation behaviour in China", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 34 No. 5, pp. 894-916. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-08-2020-0237

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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