Research Article

Team Learning Goal Orientation and Innovation: Roles of Transactive Memory System and Task Interdependence

Author: Xiaomeng Zhang

Drawing from research on team climate and team learning process, this study examines whether, how and when team learning goal orientation influences team innovation. A three-wave research of 102 research and development (R & D) teams in China was conducted. The results reveal that team learning goal orientation interacts with task interdependence, and works through transactive memory system to facilitate team innovation. Specifically, team learning goal orientation has a positive effect on team innovation that is mediated by transactive memory system. Moreover, the direct effect of team learning goal orientation on transactive memory system is strengthened by task interdependence. The implications of these results for research and practice are discussed.