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Who Is Governing Whom? Executives, Governance and the Structure of Generosity in Large U.S. Firms


Christopher Marquis


Harvard University

Matthew Lee


Harvard University

January 19, 2012

Strategic Management Journal, Forthcoming
Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit Working Paper No. 11-121

Abstract:     
We examine how organizational structure influences strategies over which corporate leaders have significant discretion. Corporate philanthropy is our setting to study how a differentiated structural element — the corporate foundation — constrains the influence of individual senior managers and directors on corporate strategy. Our analysis of Fortune 500 firms from 1996 to 2006 shows that leader characteristics at both the senior management and director levels affect corporate philanthropic contributions. We also find that organizational structure constrains the philanthropic influence of board members, but not of senior managers, a result that is contrary to what existing theory would predict. We discuss how these findings advance understanding of how organizational structure and corporate leadership interact and of how organizations can more effectively realize the strategic value of corporate social responsibility activities.

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Date posted: February 22, 2013 ; Last revised: February 24, 2013

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Marquis, Christopher and Lee, Matthew, Who Is Governing Whom? Executives, Governance and the Structure of Generosity in Large U.S. Firms (January 19, 2012). Strategic Management Journal, Forthcoming; Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit Working Paper No. 11-121. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2222694

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Christopher Marquis (Contact Author)
Harvard University ( email )
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-496-4614 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.chrismarquis.com
Matthew Lee
Harvard University ( email )
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Wyss 203
Boston, MA 02163
United States
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