Session 223

Individuals, Teams and Innovation

Track I

Date: Monday, October 8, 2012


Time: 08:00 – 09:15


Room: Club A

Session Chair:

  • Anu Wadhwa, Imperial College London

Title: Innovation and Firm Discretion: Do CEOs Matter?


  • Mengge Li, University of Texas-El Paso
  • Laura B. Cardinal, University of South Carolina

Abstract: Drawing upon upper echelons theory, we investigated how CEO tenure influences invention and innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. Further, we also explore how managerial discretion moderates the relationship between CEO tenure and invention, and the relationship between CEO tenure and innovation. Based on a sample of 58 pharmaceutical firms from 1980-2000, we show that CEO tenure has an inverted-U shaped relationship with firm invention, and managerial discretion moderates the relationship. Further, managerial discretion also has a direct negative relationship with invention. However, we did not find support for the hypothesized relationship between CEO tenure and firm innovation.

Title: Moving Between Contexts: Balancing Mobile Individuals and Firm Capabilities in Creative Production


  • Allya Koesoema, University of New South Wales

Abstract: This paper investigates the effect of mobile talents in project-based industries. Focusing on the contrast between large, commercial-market oriented firms and smaller, creativity oriented firms in the US comic book industry, Mobile talents are most useful when they bring in experiences novel to the focal firm, but taking a specialist from a distant field may not work well because of contextual mismatch. We propose and find that context mobile individuals, i.e. individuals who spend their career balanced between firms with different types of orientation, is more effective in boosting performance in fields outside of the firms’ realm of expertise, but may actually be detrimental when put in a project within the firms’ core expertise.

Title: Team Composition and Innovation Quality in High-tech Firms: Evidence from the Semiconductor Industry


  • Sunkee Lee, INSEAD
  • Jaeyong Song, Seoul National University

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between inventor team composition and innovation quality in the semiconductor industry. Our main argument is that team composition affects team innovation quality because the diversity of knowledge that can be utilized by the team changes according to team members’ prior experience. Through an analysis of U.S. patent data filed by 3,802 inventor teams in 8 global semiconductor firms, we find that the diversity of team member’s prior technological experience has an inverted-U shape relationship with innovation quality and the number of repeated collaborators within a team has a negative effect on innovation quality. This study contributes to existing management literature by providing insight into how teams should be assembled in high-tech firms to improve innovation quality.

Title: The Impact of CEO Tenure and BOD Conflict on Incremental and Radical Innovation


  • Jennifer Sexton, West Virginia University
  • B. Parker Ellen III, Florida State University

Abstract: A chief executive officer’s (CEO’s) tenure in office is marked by distinct stages with patterns of executive attention, behavior, and firm performance. CEOs along with boards of directors (BODs) play an important role in the process of innovation. Research has yet to address how conflict between these two groups affects incremental and radical innovation. In this paper, we propose a model examining the effects of CEO tenure on innovation output and the moderating effects of conflict between the CEO and BOD.

All Sessions in Track I...

Sun: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 274: Knowledge Foundations: A Conversation with Robert Grant about the Knowledge Based View
Sun: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 273: Big Data, Knowledge and Innovation
Sun: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 275: The Changing Nature of Innovation in Emerging Economies
Sun: 15:15 – 16:30
Session 225: Intellectual Property Rights
Session 229: Structure and Innovation
Mon: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 223: Individuals, Teams and Innovation
Session 242: R&D
Mon: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 140: Knowledge Management & Knowledge Structures: Who knows?
Session 226: Technology
Session 235: Learning
Mon: 13:30 – 14:45
Session 222: Integrating Knowledge about Knowledge Integration
Session 227: Knowledge Transfer and Replication
Mon: 16:30 – 17:45
Session 224: Absorptive Capacity
Session 236: Innovation and Performance
Tue: 08:00 – 09:15
Session 230: Ties, Networks, and Innovation
Session 237: Open Innovation
Tue: 11:00 – 12:15
Session 228: Exploration
Session 231: Alliance and Transfer
Tue: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 234: Incumbent Response to Foreign Entry and to Disruptive Innovation
Session 240: Capabilities
Tue: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 233: Structure and Transfer
Session 243: Entrepreneurs, Ventures, and Innovation
Tue: 17:30 – 18:45
Session 232: Innovation and Transfer
Session 239: Ambidexterity / Exploration and Exploitation
Session 244: Knowledge Management

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