Do General Managerial Skills Spur Innovation?

80 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2013 Last revised: 2 Oct 2017

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Claudia Custodio

Imperial College London; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Miguel A. Ferreira

Nova School of Business and Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Pedro Matos

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: September 5, 2017

Abstract

We show that firms with chief executive officers (CEOs) who gain general managerial skills over their lifetime work experience produce more patents. We address the potential endogenous CEO-firm matching bias using firm-CEO fixed-effects and variation in the enforceability of non-compete agreements across states and over time during the CEO’s career. Our findings suggest that generalist CEOs spur innovation because they acquire knowledge beyond the firm’s current technological domain, and have skills that can be applied elsewhere should innovation projects fail. We conclude that an efficient labor market for executives can promote innovation by providing a mechanism of tolerance for failure.

Keywords: General human capital, Innovation, Patents, R&D, Risk taking

JEL Classification: G32, J24, O31

Suggested Citation

Custodio, Claudia and Ferreira, Miguel Almeida and Matos, Pedro, Do General Managerial Skills Spur Innovation? (September 5, 2017). ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 376/2013; Darden Business School Working Paper No. 2289701. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2289701 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2289701

Claudia Custodio

Imperial College London ( email )

South Kensington Campus
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United Kingdom

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

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Belgium

Miguel Almeida Ferreira (Contact Author)

Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisbon, 1099-032
Portugal

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

c/o ECARES ULB CP 114
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Pedro Matos

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

University of Virginia
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United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty-research/directory/pedro-matos/

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

c/o ECARES ULB CP 114
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium

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