Innovation is the engine of sustained organizational performance and is central to organizations’ competitive advantage. This thesis aims to further the understanding of how firms can stimulate two types of innovation outcomes: i) product and service innovation, and ii) management innovation. To this end, this thesis analyzes how managerial and organizational factors and their interrelations inhibit or enable these two types of innovation. Reserach findings indicate that offshoring is an important mechanism that can stimulate the introduction of new products and services; however, over-offshoring poses the risk of reducing firms’ innovativeness. Furthermore, this research sugests that when members of the top management team (TMT) share the task of leadership firms can achieve higher levels of both exploratory and exploitative innovation. Also, findings indicate that TMT learning processes (i.e., processes that systematically challenge the status-quo) can stimulate firms’ management innovation.

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), Prof.dr. A.Y. Lewin, Prof.dr. F. Damanpour, Prof.dr. J.S. Sidhu, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
H.W. Volberda (Henk) , F.A.J. van den Bosch (Frans) , J.J.P. Jansen (Justin)
Erasmus University Rotterdam , Erasmus Research Institute of Management
ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Mihalache, O. (2012, June 4). Stimulating Firm Innovativeness: Probing the Interrelations between Managerial and Organizational Determinants (No. EPS-2012-260- S&E). ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management. Retrieved from