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The impact of team diversity and leadership on innovative behavior in R&D teams of Chinese industrial firms

Huang, Limeng (2015) The impact of team diversity and leadership on innovative behavior in R&D teams of Chinese industrial firms.

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Abstract:This research aimed at finding out the both direct and indirect impact of team diversity and leadership on innovative behavior of employees in the Chinese R&D teams of industrial firms. Team climate and team cohesion are regarded as the mediators to assist team diversity and team leadership to make indirect influence on innovative behavior. In this research, team diversity is divided into non-task oriented diversity and task oriented diversity while team leadership is defined as transformational leadership. An online questionnaire has been used as the research instrument and eventually 84 respondents from 12 R&D teams of 12 different Chinese industrial firms participated in this research. The first finding of this research is that in the Chinese R&D teams, only region diversity positively and directly influences innovative behavior while function diversity has direct and negative effects on innovative behavior. Transformational leadership and other diversity factors doesn’t be proved that have positive influence on innovative behavior. In addition, team climate and team cohesion both fail to act as the role of mediator. What’s more, this research finding also filling a gap between transformational leadership and team diversity in the Chinese R&D teams, which shows that tenure diversity can stimulate team leader to be more transformational while function diversity limits the ability of team leader to form transformational leadership.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66836
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