Innovation has been identified as a critical element to achieve firms' growth. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of chief executive officer (CEO) passion on firm innovation, including exploratory and exploitative innovation and examine the moderating roles of market and technological turbulence.
This study adopts the methodology of survey and uses multisource and time-lagged data of 146 firms in China. Seemingly unrelated regression (SUR) is used to test the hypotheses of this study.
This study finds that CEO passion promotes exploratory and exploitative innovation. Results also indicate that market turbulence strengthens the effect of CEO passion on exploratory and exploitative innovation, whereas technological turbulence weakens such an effect.
CEO passion is an important, positive affect which inspires CEOs to work for firms, but it has not yet received enough attention in the innovation literature. This study contributes to examining the impact of CEO passion on firm innovation and contributes to the contingency under which CEO passion influences firm innovation. Furthermore, this research finds that the moderating effects of market and technological turbulence are different in the relationship between CEO passion and firm innovation.
This study was supported by (1) National Natural Science Foundation of China, under grant number 72072168, (2) Anhui Provincial Natural Science Foundation, under grant number 1808085MG223, and (3) New Liberal Arts Foundation of University of Science and Technology of China, under grant number XWK2019032. The three foundations provided support for the authors to contact firms and collect empirical data.Disclosure statement: no potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.
Cai, W., Wu, J. and Gu, J. (2021), "From CEO passion to exploratory and exploitative innovation: the moderating roles of market and technological turbulence", Management Decision, Vol. 59 No. 6, pp. 1363-1385. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-02-2020-0233
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