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A temporal perspective on the relationship between top management team internationalization and firms' innovativeness

  • This study examines whether top management team (TMT) internationalization is positively related to firm innovativeness. Besides focusing on the accumulation of top managers' international knowledge and capabilities, we explore the influence of moderators reflecting temporal concerns at three levels: CEO age, TMT tenure, and firm age. Combining upper echelons theory with innovation literature and using a sample of large stock-listed German firms, we demonstrate that TMT internationalization can increase firm innovativeness. This relationship is context-dependent on the age of the CEO. Overall, this paper sheds light on the antecedents of firm innovativeness and the consequences of increasingly international TMTs.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Wrede MichaelaORCiD, Tobias DauthORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of International Management
Parent Title (English):Managerial and decision economics: MDE ; the international journal of research and progress in management economics
Year of Completion:2020
First Page:542
Last Page:561
Page Number:19
Content Focus:Academic Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:AJG Ranking / 2
VHB Ranking / B
SJR Ranking / Q3
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International