Isomorphic effects of managerial and directoral career paths
Cronin, Bruce (2008) Isomorphic effects of managerial and directoral career paths. In: Sunbelt XXVII - International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, 22-27 Jan 2008, St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA.Full text not available from this repository.
The extensive array of interlocking directorate research remains near-exclusively cross-sectional or comparative cross-sectional in nature. While this has been fruitful in identifying persistent structures of inter-organisational relationships evidence of the impact of these structures on organisational performance or activity has been more limited. This should not be surprising because, by their nature, relationships have strong longitudinal and dynamic qualities that are likely to be difficult to isolate through cross-sectional approaches. Clearly, managerial practice is inevitably strongly conditioned by the specific contingencies of the time and the information available through networks of colleagues and advisers (particularly at board level) at the time. But managerial and directoral capabilities and mental sets are also developed over time, particularly through previous experiences in these roles and the formation of long-lasting 'strong' and 'weak' relationships. This paper tests the influence of three longitudinal dimensions of managers and directors' relationships on a set of indicators of financial performance, drawing from a large dataset of detailing historic board membership of UK firms. It finds evidence of isomorphic processes through these channels and establishes that the longitudinal design considerably enhances the detection of performance effects from directorate interlocks. More broadly, the research has implications for the conception of collective action and the constitution of 'community'.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Paper presented at Sunbelt XXVII - International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, held 22-27 January 2008, St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA. It is the official conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||networks, financial markets,|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Business > Department of International Business & Economics|
School of Business
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2011 18:20|
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