Attention Patterns in the Boardroom: How Board Composition and Processes Affect Discussion of Entrepreneurial Issues

Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3, November 2018 DOI/10.5465/amj.2010.51468687

Posted: 27 Jun 2018

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Chris S. Tuggle

Independent

Karen Schnatterly

University of Missouri-Columbia; Virginia Tech

Richard A. Johnson

Arnold & Porter - Intellectual Property/Technology

Date Written: June 18, 2010

Abstract

Using upper echelons theory and the concept of “faultlines,” we argue that heterogeneity on a board of directors influences discussion of entrepreneurial issues in board meetings. We also propose that meeting context can influence such discussions. Results suggest that tenure variance, firm/industry background heterogeneity, and the proportion of directors with output-oriented backgrounds are positively associated with a board’s discussion of entrepreneurial issues. Weak faultlines increase and strong faultlines decrease such discussion. Meeting informality moderates these relationships: functional background heterogeneity decreases discussion of entrepreneurial issues, but the proportion of directors with output-oriented backgrounds and strong faultlines increase it.

JEL Classification: L26, L21

Suggested Citation

Tuggle, Chris S. and Schnatterly, Karen and Schnatterly, Karen and Johnson, Richard A., Attention Patterns in the Boardroom: How Board Composition and Processes Affect Discussion of Entrepreneurial Issues (June 18, 2010). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3, November 2018 DOI/10.5465/amj.2010.51468687, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3198324

Chris S. Tuggle

Independent ( email )

Karen Schnatterly (Contact Author)

University of Missouri-Columbia ( email )

332 Cornell Hall
Columbia, MO Columbia 65211
United States

Virginia Tech ( email )

Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Richard A. Johnson

Arnold & Porter - Intellectual Property/Technology ( email )

United States

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