The top team, trust, reflexivity, knowledge sharing and innovation

Sarah MacCurtain*, Patrick C. Flood, Nagarajan Ramamoorty, Michael West, Jeremy Dawson

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


In the present study, we develop a model to predict market innovation drawing from literature on top management teams (TMT). We hypothesize that diversity and trustworthiness in the TMT should influence knowledge sharing and reflexivity such that reflexivity and knowledge sharing would be positively associated with innovation. Results indicate that age diversity was positively related to knowledge sharing ability while educational level, tenure and functional diversity of the TMT did not have any direct effect on reflexivity, knowledge sharing ability or motivation. However, educational level, tenure and age diversity of TMT had indirect effects on reflexivity and knowledge sharing through the intervening variable of TMT trustworthiness. Further, knowledge-sharing and task reflexivity had direct effects on market innovation. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2009 Annual Meeting: Green Management Matters, AOM 2009
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event69th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2009 - Chicago, IL, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Aug 200911 Aug 2009

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN (Electronic)0065-0668


Conference69th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityChicago, IL


  • Innovation
  • Reflexivity
  • Trust


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