The effect of top management team characteristics on product innovation among new ventures: The moderating role of behavioral integration

Shaker A. Zahra, Johan Wiklund

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Abstract

New ventures are an important source of innovation and technological progress. This study examines the effect of top management teams' (TMTs) key characteristics on the number and radicalness of these ventures' product innovations. Using a longitudinal design to collect data from 109 new ventures, the results show that TMT's alertness, growth orientation, and functional heterogeneity are positively associated with product innovation. These associations are stronger in those ventures with integrated TMTs. TMTs' educational heterogeneity, however, is not always significantly associated with product innovation even when the teams are well integrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 6 2010Aug 10 2010

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Other70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/6/108/10/10

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Keywords

  • Innovation
  • New venture
  • Teams

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Zahra, S. A., & Wiklund, J. (2010). The effect of top management team characteristics on product innovation among new ventures: The moderating role of behavioral integration. Paper presented at 70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010, Montreal, QC, Canada.