The Contingent Effects of Social Network Sparseness and Centrality on Managerial Innovativeness

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Sze‐Sze Wong

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Nanyang Business School

Wai Fong Boh

Nanyang Technological University

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

Prior research has highlighted that network sparseness and network centrality enhance innovativeness through access to information and influence, respectively. We advance this perspective by exploring the extent to which individual actions are needed to mobilize information and influence accessed through social networks, and whether such information and influence would mutually reinforce to enhance managerial innovativeness. Our findings found partial support for the idea that actions are needed to actualize potential resources embedded in social networks, as centrally positioned managers enjoy higher innovativeness when they engage in ambassador activities. We also found that advice network sparseness and advice network centrality had independent, not interactive relationships with managerial innovativeness, suggesting that they offer distinct routes to achieving managerial innovativeness. Overall, our research clarifies the relationships of two important social network attributes on managerial innovativeness, and also sheds new light on how managerial action matters in realizing social network advantages for innovative ends.

Keywords: boundary spanning, managerial innovativeness, social network, social network centrality, social network sparseness

Suggested Citation

Wong, Sze‐Sze and Boh, Wai Fong, The Contingent Effects of Social Network Sparseness and Centrality on Managerial Innovativeness (November 2014). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 51, Issue 7, pp. 1180-1203, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2514079 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12086

Sze‐Sze Wong (Contact Author)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Nanyang Business School ( email )

Singapore, 639798
Singapore

Wai Fong Boh

Nanyang Technological University ( email )

S3 B2A-14 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore, 639798
Singapore

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