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Asymmetric roles of business ties and political ties in product innovation

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    This study investigates the asymmetric roles of business ties and political ties in innovation processes. The study posits that business ties strengthen organizational competence and enhance the environmental fit. In contrast, political ties increase the environmental fit but ossify organizational internal routines. The study uses an extensive survey on 766 Chinese firms across multiple sectors to test hypotheses. The empirical results provide strong supports for hypotheses by showing that: (1) business ties have a positive impact on product innovation, indicating that despite different types of business ties, they share common features in enhancing product innovation; (2) political ties have an inverted U-shaped relationship with product innovation, indicating that the positive effect of political ties on product innovation would diminish as the costs of political ties outweigh the benefits.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Research.

    Volume (Year): 64 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 11 ()
    Pages: 1151-1156

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:64:y:2011:i:11:p:1151-1156

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    Keywords: Business ties; Political ties; Organizational competence; Environmental fit; Product innovation;

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    1. Jie Wu & Xiaoyun Chen, 2012. "Leaders’ social ties, knowledge acquisition capability and firm competitive advantage," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 29(2), pages 331-350, June.
    2. Cheng, Cheng-Feng & Chang, Man-Ling & Li, Chu-Shiu, 2013. "Configural paths to successful product innovation," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(12), pages 2561-2573.
    3. Santos, David Ferreira Lopes & Basso, Leonardo Fernando Cruz & Kimura, Herbert & Kayo, Eduardo Kazuo, 2014. "Innovation efforts and performances of Brazilian firms," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 67(4), pages 527-535.

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