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Impact of Entrepreneurial Leadership on Product Innovation Performance: Intervening Effect of Absorptive Capacity, Intra-Firm Networks, and Design Thinking

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School of Management, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
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Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), University of Management and Technology, Lahore 54782, Pakistan
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Lisbon Accounting and Business School, Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, 1069-035 Lisboa, Portugal
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Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, School of Management and Technology (ESGTS-IPS), 2001-904 Santarém, Portugal
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Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL), 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
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Lisbon Higher Institute of Engineering (ISEL), Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, 1959-007 Lisboa, Portugal
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CTS Uninove, Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon, 2829-516 Lisboa, Portugal
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Department of Business Administration, Government College Women University, Faisalabad 38000, Pakistan
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Academic Editor: José Carlos Sánchez-García
Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7054; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137054
Received: 9 April 2021 / Revised: 12 June 2021 / Accepted: 19 June 2021 / Published: 23 June 2021
The main objective of this research is to investigate the nexus between entrepreneurial leadership and product innovation performance. In addition, the mediating mechanism of absorptive capacity, intra-firm networks, and design thinking through which entrepreneurial leaders influence product innovation performanceis also studied. The researcher contacted three hundred (300) plus firms; 157 firms showed a willingness to participate, and 96 firms provided the data with a response rate of 61.15%. Out of those 96 firms, the data from 71 firms were used for the final analysis, yielding an effective response rate of 45.22%. Only middle and top-level employees from the marketing and research & development departments from Pakistani firms were selected as respondents because these two departments are directly related to product innovation performance. To test the hypothesis, the Smart PLS-SEM technique wasused. The empirical analysis revealed that entrepreneurial leadership impacted product innovation performance through the mediating mechanism of design thinking, intra-firm networks, and absorptive capacity. The current research contributes to entrepreneurial leadership theory by proposing and empirically testing how entrepreneurial leaders affect product innovation performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: entrepreneurial leadership; product innovation performance; risk; design thinking; intra-firm networks; absorptive capacity entrepreneurial leadership; product innovation performance; risk; design thinking; intra-firm networks; absorptive capacity
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Rehman, K.U.; Aslam, F.; Mata, M.N.; Martins, J.M.; Abreu, A.; Morão Lourenço, A.; Mariam, S. Impact of Entrepreneurial Leadership on Product Innovation Performance: Intervening Effect of Absorptive Capacity, Intra-Firm Networks, and Design Thinking. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7054. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137054

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Rehman KU, Aslam F, Mata MN, Martins JM, Abreu A, Morão Lourenço A, Mariam S. Impact of Entrepreneurial Leadership on Product Innovation Performance: Intervening Effect of Absorptive Capacity, Intra-Firm Networks, and Design Thinking. Sustainability. 2021; 13(13):7054. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137054

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Rehman, Khaliq U., Farhan Aslam, Mário N. Mata, José M. Martins, António Abreu, António Morão Lourenço, and Sabita Mariam. 2021. "Impact of Entrepreneurial Leadership on Product Innovation Performance: Intervening Effect of Absorptive Capacity, Intra-Firm Networks, and Design Thinking" Sustainability 13, no. 13: 7054. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137054

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