This paper addresses recent calls to narrow the micro–macro gap in management research (Bamberger, 2008), by incorporating a macro-level context variable (country) in exploring micro-level determinants of board effectiveness. Following the integrated model proposed by Forbes and Milliken (1999), we identify three board processes as micro-level determinants of board effectiveness. Specifically, we focus on effort norms, cognitive conflicts and the use of knowledge and skills as determinants of board control and advisory task performance. Further, we consider how two different institutional settings influence board tasks, and how the context moderates the relationship between processes and tasks. Our hypotheses are tested on a survey-based dataset of 535 medium-sized and large industrial firms in Italy and Norway, which are considered to substantially differ along legal and cultural dimensions. The findings show that: (i) Board processes have a larger potential than demographic variables to explain board task performance; (ii) board task performance differs significantly between boards operating in different contexts; and (iii) national context moderates the relationships between board processes and board task performance.

Board task performance: an exploration of micro- and macro-level determinants of board effectiveness / Minichilli, A.; Zattoni, Alessandro; Nielsen, S.; Huse, M.. - In: JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR. - ISSN 0894-3796. - 33:2(2012), pp. 193-215. [10.1002/job.743]

Board task performance: an exploration of micro- and macro-level determinants of board effectiveness

ZATTONI, ALESSANDRO;
2012

Abstract

This paper addresses recent calls to narrow the micro–macro gap in management research (Bamberger, 2008), by incorporating a macro-level context variable (country) in exploring micro-level determinants of board effectiveness. Following the integrated model proposed by Forbes and Milliken (1999), we identify three board processes as micro-level determinants of board effectiveness. Specifically, we focus on effort norms, cognitive conflicts and the use of knowledge and skills as determinants of board control and advisory task performance. Further, we consider how two different institutional settings influence board tasks, and how the context moderates the relationship between processes and tasks. Our hypotheses are tested on a survey-based dataset of 535 medium-sized and large industrial firms in Italy and Norway, which are considered to substantially differ along legal and cultural dimensions. The findings show that: (i) Board processes have a larger potential than demographic variables to explain board task performance; (ii) board task performance differs significantly between boards operating in different contexts; and (iii) national context moderates the relationships between board processes and board task performance.
Board task performance: an exploration of micro- and macro-level determinants of board effectiveness / Minichilli, A.; Zattoni, Alessandro; Nielsen, S.; Huse, M.. - In: JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR. - ISSN 0894-3796. - 33:2(2012), pp. 193-215. [10.1002/job.743]
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
job743.pdf

Solo gestori archivio

Tipologia: Documento in Post-print
Licenza: DRM non definito
Dimensione 904.13 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
904.13 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri
Pubblicazioni consigliate

Caricamento pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/11385/144683
Citazioni
  • Scopus 121
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 103
social impact