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Exploring the Political Side of Board Involvement in Strategy: A Study of Mixed‐Ownership Institutions*

Davide Ravasi and Alessandro Zattoni

Journal of Management Studies, 2006, vol. 43, issue 8, 1671-1702

Abstract: abstract This article reports on a comparative study of strategic decision‐making and board functioning in nine firms. Findings indicate that the heterogeneity of interests represented on the board, members' possession of relevant knowledge, and the presence of ex‐ante conflict resolution mechanisms combine in shaping if and how board members engage in strategy‐related activities and how strategic decisions are taken. Findings extend current understandings about the strategic functions of the board (monitoring, advice, and resource‐dependence), suggesting how, under certain conditions, boards may act as negotiation forums where directors search for a reconciliation between diverging shareholders' interests and views.

Date: 2006
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