"A Moderated Mediation Model of Team Boundary Activities, Team Emotional Energy, and Team Innovation"

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016
PublisherAcademy of Management
Pages231-236
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

Conference

Title76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016
PlaceUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period5 - 9 August 2016

Abstract

Past research on team boundary work has focused on a “cold,” information-exchange perspective to explain why boundary activities affect team innovation. Although the theory is widely accepted, empirical studies on the actual mechanism are scant and produce inconsistent results. Drawing from Interaction Ritual Theory (Collins, 2004), we propose a “warm,” affective perspective that emphasizes team emotional energy - a shared feeling of enthusiasm among team members - as a mechanism linking boundary work and team innovation. Moreover, we examine a theory-driven contextual factor -team role overload - that modifies the hypothesized mediated relationship. Based on field data from four different sources of 89 automotive research and development teams (comprising 724 employees, 89 direct supervisors and 18 managers), we found that both team boundary-spanning and boundary-buffering activities are associated with higher levels of team emotional energy, which, in turn, are related to greater levels of team innovation. Moreover, the mediated relationship of boundary-buffering activities, team emotional energy and team innovation is moderated by team role overload, such that the mediated relationship is stronger when team role overload is higher. Our study contributes to the literature by broadening our understanding of why boundary work is effective and when it matters most.

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"A Moderated Mediation Model of Team Boundary Activities, Team Emotional Energy, and Team Innovation". / Leicht-Deobald, Ulrich; Lam, Chak Fu.

76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016. Academy of Management, 2016. p. 231-236.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review