New product development capabilities in China: the moderating role of TMT cooperative behavior

  • Xiaoming He
  • Yaqun YiEmail author
  • Zelong Wei
Original Article


While China is experiencing economic transformation, Chinese firms still lack sufficient new product development (NPD) capability. Such capability is crucial for business innovation. This study examines the impact of operational capabilities on NPD capability of Chinese firms. Acknowledging the importance of top management team (TMT) social interactions in capability development, this study also examines the moderating effect of TMT cooperative behavior (i.e., collaborative and communicative behaviors). Based on a sample of 213 firms from China, we find substantial support for our hypotheses, thus contributing to the capabilities-based view of the firm and providing managerial implications for firms in emerging economies.


New product development capabilities TMT cooperative behavior China 



The authors would like to thank Professor Martin Hemmert and two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions on the earlier version of this paper. This paper was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant Nos. 71672142, 71272135, and 71572142.

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On behalf of all authors, there is no conflict of interest.


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  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementBeijing Jiaotong UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of ManagementXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina

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