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Title:Creating strategic advantage through entrepreneurial governance in new ventures PDF Logo
Authors:Audretsch, David B.
Lehmann, Erik E.
Plummer, Lawrence A.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2007,086
Abstract:An important literature has made a fundamental link between corporate governance and corporate strategy. According to agency theory, assigning managers stock options aligns their interests with the interests of the owners of the firm. This paper suggests that this may not apply in the context of new ventures. Instead, an alternative perspective offered in this paper suggests that if contracts are incomplete, then managerial stock ownership not only provides a mechanism to align managerial incentives with the owners’ goals, as agency theory predicts, it also grants top managers residual control rights to be used in subsequent negotiations with the owners. The ability to exercise residual control rights improves the ex post bargaining position of the CEO as an asset owner, thereby increasing her incentive to make relationship-specific investments that are specific to the new venture. Thus, in the context of new venture strategy assigning asset ownership to those who have the most important relationshipspecific resources or who have indispensable human capital is a crucial source of subsequent competitive advantage. This theory of entrepreneurial governance is tested using patent ownership as a proxy for both relationshipspecific investments and indispensable human capital of the CEO of the new venture. The empirical results support the main hypothesis posited by the entrepreneurial governance model.
Subjects:managerial equity ownership
new ventures
property rights
governance
knowledge
innovation
JEL:M13
L20
R30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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