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The Influence of Strategic Leadership on Firm Inventive and Innovative Performance

Supriyadi, Franky (2013) The Influence of Strategic Leadership on Firm Inventive and Innovative Performance. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Strategic leaders hold different beliefs regarding how much to invest in technological innovation, and how to manage it. While certain visionary leaders have created extraordinarily innovative organizations, little evidence exists regarding the degree to which strategic leaders generally influence the production of valuable inventions and new products. We examine how much of the variation in firms’ inventive (patent) and innovative (new product) performance strategic leaders explain. Based on a sample of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Chief Scientific Officers (CSOs) who managed 27 large biopharmaceutical companies, from 1984 through 2004, we find that strategic leaders explain between 38% and 43% of the variation in inventive performance across firms, and that CEOs explain more of this variation than do CSOs. Stable firm characteristics are responsible for 27% of the variation in firms’ inventive performance. By contrast, 51% of the variation in innovative performance is attributable to firm differences, and CEOs and CSOs explain less than 4% of this. Finally, we show that CEOs and CSOs strongly influence the degree to which a firm derives inventive advantage from internal and external knowledge diversity.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCohen, Susansuecohen@katz.pitt.eduSUECOHEN
Committee MemberCamillus, Johncamillus@katz.pitt.eduCAMILLUS
Committee MemberPrescott, Johnprescott@katz.pitt.eduPRESCOTT
Committee MemberMadhavan, Ravindranathrmadhavan@katz.pitt.eduRAM115
Committee MemberKim, Kevinkhkim@pitt.eduKHKIM
Date: 31 January 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 September 2012
Approval Date: 31 January 2013
Submission Date: 19 December 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 77
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business > Business Administration
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership, invention, innovation, knowledge diversity
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 15:35
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:08


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