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
Date Written: June 18, 2010
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
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