The influence of leadership on product and process innovations in China : The contingent role of knowledge acquisition capability

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-29
Journal / PublicationIndustrial Marketing Management
Online published5 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


Building upon upper echelon theory and a dynamic capability perspective, this study investigates the relative effectiveness of two types of leadership on product and process innovations in emerging economies. The authors found that in China transformational-charismatic (TC) leadership has a stronger effect on product innovation, while transactional leadership has a stronger effect on process innovation. The authors further study the boundary conditions of leadership and empirically examine the contingent effects of organizational level capability on the relationships between leadership and innovation. The moderating effects are intriguing: knowledge acquisition capability strengthens the effect of TC leadership on process innovation and that of transactional leadership on product innovation. However, knowledge acquisition capability attenuates the positive relationship between TC leadership and product innovation as well as the positive relationship between transactional leadership and process innovation.

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  • Knowledge acquisition capability, Process innovation, Product innovation, Transactional leadership, Transformational-charismatic leadership