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Unraveling the link between managerial risk-taking and innovation: The mediating role of a risk-taking climate

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  • Ana García-Granero

    (INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), MTS - Management Technologique et Strategique - GEM - Grenoble Ecole de Management)

  • Óscar Llopis

    (GREThA - Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée - UB - Université de Bordeaux - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV))

  • Anabel Fernández-Mesa

    (INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Departament de Direcció d'Empreses - UV - Universitat de València)

  • Joaquín Alegre

    (GREThA - Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée - UB - Université de Bordeaux - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

Scholars have proposed that taking risks in organizations is important for explaining innovation performance. Scholars traditionally have analyzed this link from two unconnected perspectives. From a managerial perspective, entrepreneurial orientation and leadership theories have been used to explain the positive relation between risk taking and innovation. From an employee perspective, creativity theory suggests that a risk-taking climate helps to explain innovative behaviors. However, there is little empirical research analyzing this link. This study examines the possibility of a connection between managers' risk-taking propensities, employees' risk-taking climate, and innovation performance. To do so, we test a quantitative model where the impact of the manager' risk-taking propensity on innovation is mediated by its effect on employees' risk-taking climate. Structural equation modeling is used to test the research hypotheses on a data set of 182 firms from the Spanish and Italian ceramic tile industry.

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  • Ana García-Granero & Óscar Llopis & Anabel Fernández-Mesa & Joaquín Alegre, 2015. "Unraveling the link between managerial risk-taking and innovation: The mediating role of a risk-taking climate," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-01137650, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:gemptp:hal-01137650
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2014.10.012
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