The Top Management Team, Reflexivity, Knowledge Sharing and New Product Performance: A Study of the Irish Software Industry

14 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2010

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Sarah MacCurtain

University of Limerick

Patrick Flood

Dublin City University

Nagarajan Ramamoorthy

University of Houston - Victoria

Michael A. West

Aston University - Aston Business School

Jeremy F. Dawson

Aston University - Aston Business School

Abstract

In the present study, we develop a model to predict new product performance incorporating the literature on top management team (TMT) composition, trustworthiness, knowledge sharing and task reflexivity in organizations. We hypothesize that diversity and trustworthiness in the TMT should influence knowledge sharing and reflexivity and reflexivity and knowledge sharing would be positively associated with new product performance. We test the model using data collected from 39 indigenous software firms in Ireland. Results indicate that age diversity was positively related to knowledge sharing ability while educational level, tenure and functional diversity of the TMT did not have any direct effect on reflexivity or knowledge sharing ability or motivation. However, educational level of TMT, tenure and age diversity had indirect effects on reflexivity and knowledge sharing through the intervening variable of TMT trustworthiness. Further, knowledge sharing and task reflexivity had direct effects on market new product performance. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Suggested Citation

MacCurtain, Sarah and Flood, Patrick and Ramamoorthy, Nagarajan and West, Michael A. and Dawson, Jeremy F., The Top Management Team, Reflexivity, Knowledge Sharing and New Product Performance: A Study of the Irish Software Industry. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 219-232, September 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1661373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8691.2010.00564.x

Sarah MacCurtain (Contact Author)

University of Limerick ( email )

Castletroy, Co
Limerick
Ireland

Patrick Flood

Dublin City University ( email )

Dublin
Ireland

Nagarajan Ramamoorthy

University of Houston - Victoria

Michael A. West

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

Jeremy F. Dawson

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

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