A new emerging anti-globalization has been impacting at business strategical distribution and valuable chains activities of multi-national enterprises globally as an international trading war. Moreover, the digitized surges, such as the artificial intelligence (AI), new emerging platforms and the Big Data, influence enterprise to apply strategies and business transformation. In practice, it is a critical strategy to survive in the turbulent era by boosting creative and innovative competences. The scientific fields of organization, strategy, scientific management, international business, and marketing in academia also bring managerial thoughts and research issues due to those changes. This special issue focuses the creativity and innovation in turbulence and widely invited scholars from varied managerial fields to discuss critical research issues related to creativity and innovation. The editor board of《Journal of Management and Business Research》 proposes original and vigorous either theories or empirical research to suggest or inspire practitioners prospectively by integrating existed and novel viewpoints. The Chief of editor board, Professor Huang publicly invited drafts focused on “Creativity and Innovation in Turbulent Era” to submit the special issue from the scholarly researchers.
The special issue of 《Journal of Management and Business Research》 has invited to submit manuscripts for a half year since March 27, 2020, supported by scholars widely from various managerial fields, and received 51drafts finally. The submitted manuscripts contained multiple issues from managerial field and underwent an anonymous peer-review system strictly included twice review processes with two peer- reviews. Moreover, we held a conference of the special issue to increase an opportunity for a communication among authors and expert scholars and also to enhance the quality of papers. This issue accepted 6 articles finally and accepted rate is 11.76%.
This special issue publishes 6 articles. The first article is titled in “How can an overseas intermediary facilitate the evolution process of start-ups? Evidence from Taiwan”, which discussedthe internal workings of how overseas intermediaries to accelerate the evolution process of start-ups remaining in a 'black box' in the current literature on international entrepreneurship.The study employed the “complex adaptive system (CAS) in analyzing the variables of evolutional process at the internal-and-external chaos, homogenous, mutual adjustment, and accumulation from three Taiwanese start-up companies at Silicon Valley business ecosystem. The study results show that: (1) self-organizing behavior—such as reshaping the business model, reconfiguring various resources, and re-connecting with networks—are the keys to a start-up's successful emergence in the international market; (2) market-oriented activities act as an attractor for actors in different levels of the complex adaptive system; (3) the role of an overseas start-up intermediary is to act as a catalyst for the emergence of a start-up's internationalization.
The second accepted article is titled in “Corporate Innovation in China: A Political Embeddedness Perspective”. This study combinedthe literature on political embeddedness and resource orchestration theory and argued that political embeddedness enhances firms' incentive to structure and bundle resources to meet government demands, thus reducing corporate innovation. Firm internationalization and board R&D background weaken this negative relationship.
The third accepted article is titled in ”The Internationalization Context in Environmental Turbulence: The Effects of International Entrepreneurial Orientation and Network Relationships on the Knowledge Capabilities and the Internationalization Speed” which aimed to explore the influence of international entrepreneurial orientation and external network relationship of an enterprise on the improvement of its own international knowledge capability, as well as its international knowledge capability's impact on the speed of the internationalization.The results found that international entrepreneurial orientation help to enhance international knowledge capability, and that network centrality positively impacts international knowledge capability. However, network density does not have a significantly positive impact on knowledge capability, but the improvement of knowledge capability does have a positive relationship with the speed of internationalization. The results of further grouping showed that new firms with international entrepreneurial orientation and network relationships have relatively better effects on knowledge capability.
The fourth accepted article is titled in “The Value Creation for Corporate Social Responsibility Performance: Evidence from Firm Growth”. The purpose of this study is to explore whether promotion of social responsibility by firm in the dynamic growth process can demonstrate its market value. The research results demonstrated that under growth degree, stability, and years of establishment, the firm promotes positive social relevance with market value. This research results help the external stakeholders of firm to understand the value created by betting on social responsibility activities during the growth process, and firm can refer to develop strategies for promoting social responsibility.
The fifth accepted article is titled in “How do R&D Employees Perform Innovativeness: Examining Uncertainty, Psychological Safety, and Initiative” whichis how psychological safety and initiative contribute to innovativeness from a multilevel perspective. The researchers proposed and tested a contingent model of innovativeness, reflecting on how the levels of uncertainty interact with individual psychological safety to influence initiative, which in turn leads to innovativeness. The research findings indicated that individual initiative plays a mediating role in the relationship between psychological safety and innovativeness. The cross-level moderated mediation effect of uncertainty on the indirect effects of psychological safety on innovativeness via individual initiative was supported.
The sixth accepted article is titled in “Investigating the Relationships among Perceived Overqualification, Work Engagement, and Innovative Behavior: Moderating Effect of Promotion Focus”, which employed regulatory focus theory to examine whether employees' promotion focus moderates the relationship between perceived overqualification and innovative behavior. Moreover, we explored whether work engagement can mediate this moderating effect. To enhance generalizability, we collected data from various industries and from multiwave and multiple sources. In total, 264 valid paired questionnaires were returned. The results of Mplus revealed that (1) the perceived overqualification of employees with higher levels of promotion focus was positively related to innovative behavior, whereas the relationship was negative for employees with lower levels of promotion focus and (2) work engagement mediated the interactive effect of perceived overqualification and promotion focus on innovative behavior.
The publishing team of 《Journal of Management and Business Research》thanks again to the Chief of editors, Professor Huang's support, authors' endeavors to submission and reviewers' constructive suggestions to authors for maintaining the quality of publication highly!
Special Issue Editors
Ruey-Jer Bryan Jean, Professor of Department of International Business, National Chengchi University
Mei-Chih Hu, Professor of Institute of Technology Management, National Tsing Hua University
Chi-Tung Tsai, Professor of Graduate Institute of Human Resource Management, National Changhua University of Education