Title

Embeddedness and New Idea Discussion in Professional Networks: The Mediating Role of Affect-Based Trust

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-2010

Abstract

This article examines how managers' tendency to discuss new ideas with others in their professional networks depends on the density of shared ties surrounding a given relationship. Consistent with prior research which found that embeddedness enhances information flow, an egocentric network survey of mid-level executives shows that managers tend to discuss new ideas with those who are densely embedded in their professional networks. More specifically, embeddedness increases the likelihood to discuss new ideas by engendering affect-based trust, as opposed to cognition-based trust. Implications for network and creativity research are discussed.

Keywords

Creativity, Embeddedness, Innovation, Networks, Trust

Discipline

Business | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Creative Behavior

Volume

44

Issue

2

First Page

85

Last Page

104

ISSN

0022-0175

Identifier

10.1002/j.2162-6057.2010.tb01327.x

Publisher

Wiley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.2162-6057.2010.tb01327.x