Resolving the Tensions between Monitoring, Resourcing and Strategizing: Structures and Processes in High Technology Venture Boards

Zhang, Joanne Jin, Baden-Fuller, Charles and Pool, John K. (2011) Resolving the Tensions between Monitoring, Resourcing and Strategizing: Structures and Processes in High Technology Venture Boards. Long Range Planning, 44 (2). pp. 95-117.

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Abstract

There are key tensions between the two sides of a board's institutional role and function – of controlling and monitoringvs. that of resource gathering and strategizing. Drawing on a 38 month field study of eight new ventures in the UK hightechnology sector, we take a close look at the structural composition, knowledge base and behaviours of board directors in early stage hightechnologyventures. Our findings suggest that the early ventureboard, which typically consists of part-time members with diverse knowledge background, can be seen as an extension of the full time internal top management team. Together – as ‘collective entrepreneurs’ – they play a vital role in the venturing process, pointing to a collaborative model between inside senior executives and outside board directors that goes beyond the principal-agency model. We discuss the wider implications of our work for the field generally.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: Anna Flack
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2012 12:11
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 16:56
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/39326
DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2010.12.004

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