The Exploratory Mindset and Corporate Innovation
Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, forthcoming
87 Pages Posted: 13 May 2019 Last revised: 4 Sep 2020
Date Written: August 30, 2020
We propose that CEO exploratory mindset—inherent desire to search for novel ideas and long-term orientation—promotes innovation. Firms with PhD CEOs produce more exploratory patents with greater novelty, generality and originality. PhD CEOs engage less in managing earnings and stock prices, invest more in R&D and alliances, generate higher long-term value of patents, and experience more positive market reactions to R&D alliances. Their firms achieve superior long-run operating performance. They tend to be hired by research-intensive firms with poor financial performance. Evidence from managerial incentive shocks and turnovers suggests that these effects do not derive solely from CEO-firm matching.
Keywords: exploratory mindset, long-termism vs. short-termism, PhD CEOs, innovation
JEL Classification: G30, O31, J44
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