Corporate Culture and Innovation: A Tale from an Emerging Market

Wang, Y., Farag, H. and Ahmad, W. (2021), Corporate Culture and Innovation: A Tale from an Emerging Market. Brit J Manage. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12478

39 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2021 Last revised: 28 May 2021

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Yaopeng Wang

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School

Hisham Farag

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School

Wasim Ahmad

Cranfield University - School of Management

Date Written: March 30, 2021

Abstract

We examine the influence of corporate culture on innovation using a unique set of data from Chinese listed companies over the period 2008-2017. Using the Competing Value Framework, we quantify corporate culture using textual analysis of financial statements. We find a positive and significant impact of a creation culture on innovation measured by both patent applications and citations as well as innovation efficiency. We address endogeneity concerns and conduct a battery of robustness tests, including alternative proxies for both corporate innovation and culture and conclude that variations in culture have a significant impact on firm-level innovation. We also show that a strong creation culture is more likely to spur innovation for firms in more competitive product markets and firms that are subject to higher managerial career concerns. We provide empirical evidence that corporate culture is an important driver in enhancing innovation. Our results have clear implications for directors and shareholders.

Keywords: Corporate Culture, Innovation, Textual Analysis, Chinese Listed Firms

JEL Classification: M14; O31

Suggested Citation

Wang, Yaopeng and Farag, Hisham and Ahmad, Wasim, Corporate Culture and Innovation: A Tale from an Emerging Market (March 30, 2021). Wang, Y., Farag, H. and Ahmad, W. (2021), Corporate Culture and Innovation: A Tale from an Emerging Market. Brit J Manage. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12478, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3800481

Yaopeng Wang

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School ( email )

Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham, B15 2TY
United Kingdom

Hisham Farag

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School ( email )

Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham, B15 2TY
United Kingdom

Wasim Ahmad (Contact Author)

Cranfield University - School of Management ( email )

Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL
United Kingdom

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