The role of CEO’s intra-frim network in innovation orientation of hi-tech entrepreneurial firms

Author(s): Ni Liu, Hongping Zhang

Drawing from the social capital and strategic leadership perspective, the paper examines how CEO’s intra-firm network determines the innovation strategy of hi-tech entrepreneurial firms, and how such relationship is moderated by certain top management team characteristics that influence information processing. We collected our data through questionnaires from three high-tech parks. Empirical tests in a sample of 122 entrepreneurial firms provide evidence that CEO’s intra-firm network embeddedness has a positive effect on innovation orientation. Besides, TMT cognitive conflict weakens the impact of CEO’s intra-firm network on the ambidexterity.

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