With “business model innovation” becoming a popular term in the business world, it is also becoming a focus of management research. Top managers have an important influence on business model innovation, but the understanding of it in extant literature is vague. What is the role of top managers in business model innovation? Integrating the extant empirical research based on the samples of Chinese enterprises, using upper echelon theory, cognitive theory, resource-based view and behavior theory, this paper explores the relationship between top managers and business model innovation from the perspectives of trait, cognition, resource-ability and behavior. This research supports the view that top managers are positively related to business model innovation. The results show that top managers are indeed one of the important factors influencing business model innovation. There is a positive correlation between the heterogeneity of the top management team, the heterogeneity of top management team tenure, the cognitive ability of top managers, their entrepreneurial spirit, their social capital, their opportunity recognition capability, the integration of their behavior, their cross-boundary behavior and business model innovation, while age heterogeneity and education level heterogeneity of the top management team and prior experience of top managers have no significant correlation with business model innovation.
【原文链接】杨蕙馨 孟丽华 冯天雨：《中国情境下的企业高管与商业模式创新：来自元分析的证据》发表于《济南大学学报》（社会科学版）2021年第3期