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1st Edition

The Value Creating Board
Corporate Governance and Organizational Behaviour

Edited By

Morten Huse

ISBN 9780415578493
Published January 26, 2010 by Routledge
556 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents boards of directors from a strategic and entrepreneurial management perspective. Boards of directors are receiving increased interest in the business world as well as among academic audiences however few contributions integrate corporate governance and organizational behavior.  In this book a research stream about value-creating boards is introduced.
Boards of directors have during the recent decades mostly been studied within a framework of corporate governance where the interests of external investors are emphasized. This book aims to go further and explore actual board behavior. The framework and the contributions in the book include concepts such as:

  • board leadership and structure,
  • boardroom decision-making,
  • board task performance
  • corporate entrepreneurship and innovation
  • boards in small and medium-sized firms
  • board diversity and women directors

The book also presents the results of a research agenda about value-creating boards which was conducted throughout various European countries.


Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction: The Value Creating Board and Behavioural Perspectives

1. The Value Creating Board and Behavioural Perspectives Morten Huse


2. Context, Behaviour and Evolution: Challenges in Research on Boards and Governance Jonas Gabrielsson and Morten Huse


3. Accountability and Creating Accountability: A Framework for Exploring Behavioural Perspectives of Corporate Governance Morten Huse


Part 2. Exploring Issues and Theories: The Classics – Developing a Field


4. Building Blocks in Understanding Behavioural Perspectives on Boards: Developing a Research Stream Morten Huse


5. The President and the Board of Directors Miles L Mace


6. The Separation of Ownership and Control Eugene Fama and Michael Jensen


7. Boards of Directors and Corporate Financial Performance: A Review and Research Agenda Shaker Zahra and John A Pearce


8. On Studying Managerial Elites Andrew Pettigrew


9. Cognition and Corporate Governance: Understanding Boards of Directors as Strategic Decision-Making Groups Daniel Forbes and Frances Milliken


Part 3. Exploring Methods and Concepts


10. Exploring Methods and Concepts in Studies of Boards Processes Morten Huse


11. Relational Norms as a Supplement to Neo-classical Understanding of Directorates Morten Huse


12. Stakeholder Management and the Avoidance of Corporate Control Morten Huse and Dorthe Eide


13. Researching the Dynamics of Board – Stakeholder Relations Morten Huse


14. Stakeholders’ Expectations of Board Roles: The Case of Subsidiary Boards Morten Huse and Violina Rindova


15. Corporate Boards as Assets for Operating in the New Europe: The Value of Process-oriented Boardroom Dynamics Morten Huse, Alessandro Minichilli and Margrethe Schøning


16. Gender Related Boardroom Dynamics Morten Huse and Anne Grethe Solberg


Part 4. Exploring Relationships: Results from ‘The Value Creating Board’ Surveys


17. The ‘Value Creating Board’-Surveys: A Benchmark Morten Huse


18. What Makes Boards in Small Firms Active? Mattias Nordqvist and Alessandro Minichilli


19. How Actual Board Task Performance Influences Value Creating Boards in Dutch SMEs Jeroen van den Heuvel and Anita van Gils


20. The Board’s Control Tasks in Family Firms: Theoretical Perspectives and Exploratory Evidence Yannick Bammens and Wim Voordeckers


21. Board Activity in Large Italian Companies: A Behavioural Perspective Alessandro Minichilli, Alessandro Zattoni and Fabio Zona


22. Women Directors, Board Working Style and Board Task Performance Sabina Nielsen


23. Board Task Performance in Small Firms: The Role of Incentives and Board Processes Luca Gnan and Alessandro Zattoni


24. Trust and Board Task Performance Hans van Ees, Gerwin van der Laan and Theo Postma


25. Consequences of Board Power Pingying Zhang Wenstøp


26. Boards of Directors and Firm Innovation: An Empirical Analysis on Large Italian Companies Fabio Zona, Alessandro Minichilli and Alessandro Zattoni


27. Board Control and Innovation: An Empirical Study of Small Technology Based Firms Jonas Gabrielsson and Diamanto Politis


Part 5. The Value Creating Board: Implications for Practice


28. How Boards Contribute to Value Creation Morten Huse, Jonas Gabrielsson and Alessandro Minichilli

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Morten Huse is Professor of Organization and Management, Norwegian School of Management BI.