Doctoral Thesis Stimulating Firm Innovativeness: Probing the Interrelations between Managerial and Organizational Determinants

Defended on Monday, 4 June 2012

Abstract

Innovation is the engine of sustained organizational performance and is central to organizations’ competitive advantage. This thesis aims to further the understanding of how firms can stimulate two types of innovation outcomes: i) product and service innovation, and ii) management innovation. To this end, this thesis analyzes how managerial and organizational factors and their interrelations inhibit or enable these two types of innovation. Reserach findings indicate that offshoring is an important mechanism that can stimulate the introduction of new products and services; however, over-offshoring poses the risk of reducing firms’ innovativeness. Furthermore, this research sugests that when members of the top management team (TMT) share the task of leadership firms can achieve higher levels of both exploratory and exploitative innovation. Also, findings indicate that TMT learning processes (i.e., processes that systematically challenge the status-quo) can stimulate firms’ management innovation.

Keywords

innovation, top management team, offshoring, leadership, organizational structure, absorptive capacity, ambidexterity

Time frame

2009 - 2012

Preferred reference

O.R. Mihalache, Stimulating Firm Innovativeness: Probing the Interrelations between Managerial and Organizational Determinants, Promotors:prof.dr.ing. Frans Van Den Bosch,prof.dr. Justin Jansen,prof.dr. Henk Volberda, http://hdl.handle.net/1765/32343

Author

Radu Olimpiu Mihalache
Radu Olimpiu Mihalache

Supervisory Team

Frans Van Den Bosch
Professor of Management Interfaces between Organizations and Environment
  • Promotor
Justin Jansen
Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Promotor
Henk Volberda
Professor of Strategic Management & Business Policy
  • Promotor

Committee Members

Fariborz Damanpour
Fariborz Damanpour
Arie Lewin
Arie Lewin
Jatinder Sidhu
Associate Professor of Strategic Management