Top management leadership and influence on innovation: The role of sociocultural context

  • Elenkov D
  • Manev I
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Abstract

This study proposes and tests a model for top-management influence on innovations. Three research questions are addressed: Is top managers’ influence on innovation a function of their leadership? Does socio-cultural context directly affect leadership? and, Does sociocultural con- text moderate the relationship of leadership with top-management influence on innovation? These questions are investigated with data from12 European countries. The results show that leadership factors have strong effects on top-management innovation influence. In support of the culture-spe- cific view of leadership, sociocultural context directly influences leadership and moderates its relationship with organizational innovation. Keywords: top managers’ leadership; influence on innovation; social culture Innovations

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  • Influence on innovation
  • Social culture
  • Top managers' leadership

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Authors

  • Detelin S. Elenkov

  • Ivan M. Manev

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