The Influence of CEOs' Visionary Innovation Leadership on the Performance of High-Technology Ventures: The Mediating Roles of Connectivity and Knowledge Integration

Odellia Caridi-Zahavi, Abraham Carmeli*, Ofer Arazy

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-376
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Product Innovation Management
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2016

Funding

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Hurvitz Institute of Strategic Management at Tel Aviv University
Rouen Business School
Simon Fraser University

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