Senior leaders play an essential role in facilitating knowledge creation processes and driving firms' innovation performance. However, little is known about the underlying relational mechanisms by which CEOs help build knowledge integration capability and drive firm innovation. We developed and tested a conceptual model about the ways in which CEOs shape a context conducive for knowledge creation processes and drive multiple innovation performance. A field, survey-based, study among small- to medium-sized technological ventures (SMVs) showed that CEO visionary innovation leadership (manifested by both vision for innovation and enactment of the vision through specific leadership behaviors) was positively related to a context of connectivity. Connectivity was related to firm knowledge integration capacity, which in turn resulted in enhanced firm innovation (new product quality, development speed, and product innovation). The findings also indicate direct links between CEO visionary innovation leadership and knowledge integration, and between connectivity and product innovation. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.
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We appreciate the helpful comments and suggestions from participants of seminars held at Rouen Business School and Simon Fraser University. We are also thankful to the senior executive who provided enormous support and encouragement during the research project. The second author acknowledges the financial support of the Hurvitz Institute of Strategic Management at Tel Aviv University.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management of Technology and Innovation