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Fit between Organizational Culture and Innovation Strategy: Implications for Innovation Performance

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School of Business Administration, Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance, Shanghai 201209, China
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School of Finance, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China
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Business School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3378; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103378
Received: 22 August 2018 / Revised: 17 September 2018 / Accepted: 18 September 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Innovation in Organizations for Improving Decisions)
Although prior studies have indicated the interrelationships between specific types of innovation strategy and specific elements of organizational culture, few studies simultaneously evaluate the relationship between the two multi-dimensional constructs in holistic perspective. Based on configuration theory, we conceptualize fit as ‘profile deviation’, and investigate the fit between an organization’s culture and its innovation strategy. Data were collected from 183 Chinese organizations. We examine the hypothesis that greater fit between organizational culture and innovation strategy encourages superior innovation speed and innovation quality. Our results provide evidence that in the group of organizations exhibiting either exploratory or exploitative innovation strategy, the more similar the organizational culture configurations are to those of the top performers, the higher their innovation speed and innovation quality are. In the group of organizations exhibiting ambidextrous innovation strategy, the fit between organizational culture and innovation strategy is insignificantly associated with innovation speed and innovation quality. Implications for applying the culture–strategy fit in innovation management are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: fit; organizational culture; innovation strategy; innovation speed; innovation quality fit; organizational culture; innovation strategy; innovation speed; innovation quality
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Chen, Z.; Huang, S.; Liu, C.; Min, M.; Zhou, L. Fit between Organizational Culture and Innovation Strategy: Implications for Innovation Performance. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103378

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Chen Z, Huang S, Liu C, Min M, Zhou L. Fit between Organizational Culture and Innovation Strategy: Implications for Innovation Performance. Sustainability. 2018; 10(10):3378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103378

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Chen, Zhi, Shenglan Huang, Chong Liu, Min Min, and Liying Zhou. 2018. "Fit between Organizational Culture and Innovation Strategy: Implications for Innovation Performance" Sustainability 10, no. 10: 3378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103378

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