Top team trust, knowledge sharing and innovation
MacCurtain, Sarah and Flood, Patrick C. and Ramamoorthy, Nagarajan and West, Michael A. and Dawson, Jeremy F. (2008) Top team trust, knowledge sharing and innovation. LInK Working Paper Series. (Paper No. 05-08). The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland.
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In the present research, we developed a causal model of organizational innovation incorporating the literature on top management teams (TMT) and knowledge-sharing in organizations. We hypothesized that top team composition and trust would predict organizational innovation through the mediating variables of task reflexivity and knowledge-sharing. We tested the model using data collected from thirty-five knowledge intensive firms in Ireland operating in the software industry. Results indicated that top team trust, knowledge-sharing and task reflexivity have both direct and indirect relationships with organizational innovation. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
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