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Top Management Human Capital, Inventor Mobility, and Corporate Innovation

Thomas Chemmanur, Lei Kong, Karthik Krishnan and Qianqian Yu

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 2019, vol. 54, issue 6, 2383-2422

Abstract: Using panel data on top management characteristics and a management quality factor constructed using common factor analysis on individual management quality measures, we analyze the relation between top firm management quality and corporate innovation input and output. We show that top management quality is an important determinant of corporate innovation, with individual aspects of management quality affecting innovation in younger and older firms differently. Further, firms with higher top management quality engage in more risky (“explorative†) innovation strategies. Finally, hiring more and higher-quality inventors is an important channel through which firms with higher management quality achieve greater innovation output.

Date: 2019
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