Governance for Innovation – Board Leadership and Value Creation in Entrepreneurial Firms
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
This dissertation has identified, developed and empirically tested concepts associated with the capacity of chairpersonship to promote innovation in entrepreneurial small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A multi-methodological approach is applied in five studies, comprising a systematic literature review, three empirical studies and a concluding conceptual paper.
The dissertation focuses on how the chairperson of the board of directors influences value creation in entrepreneurial SMEs. Value creation in this context is about the performance of strategic leaders at entrepreneurial firms’ upper echelons in acting and making strategic choices aimed at increasing firms’ capability to engage in innovation. Innovation is defined as the generation and/or adoption of an idea or behaviour, relating to a product, service, device, system, policy or program, which is new to the adopting organization.
Innovation has been widely recognized as a concept central to economic growth and societal development. Governance is widely recognized as essential for the support and development of innovations in firms. However, the academic literature is scarce regarding how the chairperson of the board can contribute to and promote innovation in SMEs.
This dissertation offers theoretical and empirical insights into how the chairperson of the board of directors influences value creation in entrepreneurial SMEs. In this respect, the dissertation offers a conceptual framework and a research model for understanding board leadership in promoting innovation in entrepreneurial SMEs. The framework and research model emphasize the behavioural aspects of board leadership and show how these are related to the development of entrepreneurial SMEs.
Furthermore, the findings in this dissertation provide actionable knowledge for practitioners and policymakers. In this respect, the dissertation contributes theoretical and empirical understandings of the benefits of employing external chairpersons with relevant knowledge and experience in SMEs. These insights also provide practitioners with advice on the qualifications and processes that can help them to develop innovation-promoting boards.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2016. , 256 p.
Halmstad University Dissertations, 22
governance, board of director, chairperson, board leadership, entrepreneurial firm, innovation, value creation, SME
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31676ISBN: 978-91-87045-47-9ISBN: 978-91-87045-46-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-31676DiVA: diva2:949540
2016-08-29, O125, Linjegatan 12, Halmstad, 10:00 (English)
Durst, Susanne, Associate professor
Gabrielsson, Jonas, Associate ProfessorAndersson, Svante, Professor
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