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Frontiers of Business Research in China

, Volume 13 Issue 2

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Global competition and diffusion of the “A”list
Mike W. Peng
Front. Bus. Res. China. 2019, 13 (2): 121-143.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s11782-019-0058-x
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Focusing on the global diffusion of the “A” list consisting of predominantly U.S.-based journals, we argue that such diffusion represents an important form of professionalization in the management of business schools. The diffusion can also be viewed as an intellectual movement in the age of global competition characterized by a flat world. How can we explain the recent diffusion of the “A” list? More important, how does such diffusion impact the future of business and management scholarship? Addressing these important but underexplored questions, we identify the multilevel factors that explain the diffusion, and predict its likely trajectory and its impact on future scholarship.

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Venture capital reputation: a blessing or a curse for entrepreneurial firm innovation—a contingent effect of industrial distance
Han Liang, Gang Liu, Jianling Yin
Front. Bus. Res. China. 2019, 13 (2): 144-168.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s11782-019-0053-2
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This study investigates whether venture capital reputation is a blessing or a curse for entrepreneurial firm innovation by using data from 1553 observations of venture capital investments on entrepreneurial firms in China’s New Over-the-Counter (OTC) Market. Advantages that venture capital brings to entrepreneurial firms have been widely acknowledged in extant research. However, our research emphasizes the potential resource outflows rather than inflows when firms are embedded in a shared reputable venture capital, and finds that the curse effect of venture capital reputation on entrepreneurial firms is manifested. Furthermore, we develop the concept of venture capital “intra-industrial reputation” and “extra-industrial reputation” to give a contingent answer to the “blessing or curse” question. The conclusions are drawn indicating that the curse effect is contingent on industrial distance. Venture capital intra-industrial reputation is positively linked to entrepreneurial firm innovation, whereas extra-industrial reputation exerts a strong negative impact, which is responsible for the curse effect.

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Integrating organizational learning with high-performance work system and entrepreneurial orientation: a moderated mediation framework
Chunling Zhu, Anqi Liu, Yangwen Wang
Front. Bus. Res. China. 2019, 13 (2): 169-192.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s11782-019-0057-y
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This study proposes a moderated mediation model to investigate the relationship between organizational learning and firm performance. We argue that entrepreneurial orientation mediates the positive effect of organizational learning on firm performance. Furthermore, the relationship between organizational learning and entrepreneurial orientation is strengthened when firms employ a higher level of high-performance work system. Hypotheses are supported by data from 181 firms operating in the manufacturing and service industries in China. Statistical results further reveal that a high-performance work system has different moderating effects on exploitative learning and exploratory learning. This research extends our understanding of organizational learning theory, entrepreneurship and human resource management literature by cross-fertilizing constructs in these fields with empirical evidence.

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Team behavioral integration links team interdependence with team performance: an empirical investigation in R&D teams
Xiaomeng Zhang, Ho Kwong Kwan
Front. Bus. Res. China. 2019, 13 (2): 193-211.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s11782-019-0054-1
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Drawing on the input–mediator (a blend of team process and emergent state)–output (IMO) framework, we develop a conceptual model in which team behavioral integration is conceived of as a team-level mediator that links team interdependence (input) with team performance (output). Using a three-wave research design, we test the hypothesized model with the data of 102 R&D teams from three information technology companies in China. Results indicate that team interdependence positively influences team behavioral integration, and that team behavioral integration positively affects team performance. In addition, team behavioral integration is found to mediate the relationship between team interdependence and team performance. The theoretical and managerial implications of these results are discussed.

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Interest rate liberalization and pass-through of monetary policy rate to bank lending rates in China
Jingya Li, Ming-Hua Liu
Front. Bus. Res. China. 2019, 13 (2): 212-230.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s11782-019-0056-z
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We examine whether the effectiveness of the monetary policy rate transmission differs before and after interest rate liberalization in China using the autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) bound test and an error correction model (ECM). The results show that after liberalization the mark-up is lower, and both the long-run and shortrun interest rate pass-through has become faster and more complete. We attribute our findings to the ongoing reforms of China’s banking system, which has improved the competitiveness of Chinese commercial banks.

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Consumer heterogeneity and online vs. offline retail spatial competition
Mingming Shi, Jun Zhou, Zhou Jiang
Front. Bus. Res. China. 2019, 13 (2): 231-249.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s11782-019-0059-9
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This paper develops a game-theoretic spatial model featuring consumer heterogeneity in online vs. offline retailers’ spatial competition. We find that consumers’ browse-and-switch behavior intensifies the competition because both offline and online retailers’ price and profit decline when the behavior occurs, but it is not necessarily a threat to offline retailers especially when the product relates more closely to experience. We consider six equilibrium scenarios for different combinations of consumer behaviors when considering a hybrid retailer. The analysis taking consumer heterogeneity into consideration shows that the hybrid retailer operating both online and offline is not always the winner. Particularly, the business opportunity for the offline retailer lies in consumers’ willingness to pay in store, and whether the retailer launches an online store depends on the type of products and services provided.

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