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The top management team, reflexivity, knowledge sharing and new product performance::A study of the Irish software industry.

MacCurtain, Sarah M. and Flood, Patrick C. and Ramamoorthy, Nagarajan and West, Michael and Dawson, Jeremy F. (2010) The top management team, reflexivity, knowledge sharing and new product performance::A study of the Irish software industry. Creativity and Innovation Management, 19 (3). pp. 219-232. ISSN 1467-8691

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    Abstract

    In the present study, we develop a model to predict new product performance incorporating the literature on top management team (TMT) composition, trustworthiness, knowledge sharing and task reflexivity in organizations. We hypothesize that diversity and trustworthiness in the TMT should influence knowledge sharing and reflexivity and reflexivity and knowledge sharing would be positively associated with new product performance. We test the model using data collected from 39 indigenous software firms in Ireland. Results indicate that age diversity was positively related to knowledge sharing ability while educational level, tenure and functional diversity of the TMT did not have any direct effect on reflexivity or knowledge sharing ability or motivation. However, educational level of TMT, tenure and age diversity had indirect effects on reflexivity and knowledge sharing through the intervening variable of TMT trustworthiness. Further, knowledge sharing and task reflexivity had direct effects on market new product performance. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Creativity and Innovation Management
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
    ID Code: 53034
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 15 Mar 2012 15:28
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:13
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53034

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