Determinants of board directors' strategic involvement

Shaker A. Zahra, John A. Pearce

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The role of boards of directors in shaping corporate strategy has increased in importance in recent years. However, evidence suggests that boards differ significantly in their involvement in the strategic arena. In this study of 139 Fortune manufacturing and service corporations we identify sources of variations in level of board strategic involvement. Boards that have a majority of insiders, whose directors possess significant expertise in the firm's major industry, and whose internal operations are efficient are more involved in the strategic process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-173
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Management Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1990

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