When Do Structural Holes in Employees' Networks Improve Their Radical Creativity? A Moderated Mediation Model

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ChaoYing Tang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Guiyang Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Stefanie E. Naumann

University of the Pacific (UOP) - Eberhardt School of Business

Date Written: November 2017

Abstract

Previous research has found a relationship between structural holes of knowledge networks, tie strength of knowledge networks, and creativity. Our study extends these findings by proposing that characteristics of R&D employees' team knowledge networks influence their acquired diversified knowledge from the team, which is critical to creativity. Our results based on 558 members of 92 R&D teams demonstrated that, in order to benefit from their broker position in acquiring diversified knowledge, R&D employees should maintain their tie strength toward the team members with whom they are connected.

Suggested Citation

Tang, ChaoYing and Zhang, Guiyang and Naumann, Stefanie E., When Do Structural Holes in Employees' Networks Improve Their Radical Creativity? A Moderated Mediation Model (November 2017). R&D Management, Vol. 47, Issue 5, pp. 755-766, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3056030 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/radm.12286

ChaoYing Tang (Contact Author)

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Guiyang Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - University of Chinese Academy of Sciences ( email )

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Beijing, Beijing 100190
China

Stefanie E. Naumann

University of the Pacific (UOP) - Eberhardt School of Business ( email )

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Stockton, CA 95211
United States

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