Searching in the regulatory environment

The impact of regulatory search on firm innovativeness

Lu Jiao, Kevin Baird, Graeme Harrison

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This article examines the effect of regulatory search on firm innovativeness using survey data from Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Australian listed and private firms. We used a self-developed scale to measure regulatory search, which consists of both reactive and proactive regulatory search. The results show that only reactive regulatory search exhibits a positive and direct association with firm innovativeness. However, the results suggest that slack moderates the relations between the two regulatory search factors and innovativeness in different ways. Specifically, under a high (low) slack environment, reactive regulatory search is negatively (positively) related to innovativeness, while, under a high (low) slack environment, proactive regulatory search is positively (negatively) related to innovativeness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-171
Number of pages19
JournalAustralian Journal of Management
Issue number1
Early online date9 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • Innovativeness
  • proactive search
  • reactive search
  • regulatory search
  • slack

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