An Empirical Study on Functional Diversity and Innovation in SMEs

An Empirical Study on Functional Diversity and Innovation in SMEs Functional diversity among managerial teams can foster innovation. This empirical study considers two types of function diversities: dominant function diversity, which measures the range of function specialization available across the top management team, and intrapersonal function diversity, which measures the range of function experience within each individual in the management team. Data collected from small and medium‐sized enterprises in Singapore show that intrapersonal function diversity has a positive impact on innovation, but that this impact is reduced for bigger firms. Dominant function diversity has a negative effect on innovation for firms that are growing. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Creativity and Innovation Management Wiley

An Empirical Study on Functional Diversity and Innovation in SMEs

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0963-1690
eISSN
1467-8691
DOI
10.1111/j.1476-8691.2005.00338.x
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Abstract

Functional diversity among managerial teams can foster innovation. This empirical study considers two types of function diversities: dominant function diversity, which measures the range of function specialization available across the top management team, and intrapersonal function diversity, which measures the range of function experience within each individual in the management team. Data collected from small and medium‐sized enterprises in Singapore show that intrapersonal function diversity has a positive impact on innovation, but that this impact is reduced for bigger firms. Dominant function diversity has a negative effect on innovation for firms that are growing.

Journal

Creativity and Innovation ManagementWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2005

References

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    Hausdorf, Hausdorf; Duncan, Duncan
  • Top management team diversity, group process, and strategic consensus
    Knightm, Knightm; Pearce, Pearce; Smith, Smith; Olian, Olian; Sims, Sims; Smith, Smith; Flood, Flood
  • Firm size and dynamic technological innovation
    Stock, Stock; Greis, Greis; Fischer, Fischer

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