Exploring the effects of creative CEO leadership on innovation in high-technology firms

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Abstract

This study introduces two dimensions of strategic leadership, termed operational and creative specifically developed for top executives of high-technology firms. Creative leadership reflects a CEO's emphasis on developing social and human capital and investing in the firm's internal knowledge development. We contrast this with operational leadership which reflects a CEO's ability to explore new paths of growth as well as exploit existing ones by redefining and extending the boundaries of the firm to new product and market domains. Hypotheses relating these two dimensions of leadership with innovation quantity, innovation resonance and novelty are tested using a sample of 77 high-technology firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalLeadership Quarterly
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • CEO
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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