Impact of Innovation and Places on Corporate Governance the Case of Wind Turbine Production

Jan Sture Gunnar Gunnarsson, Nikola Stefan Cikusa, Anca Daniela Hansen

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We examine how corporate governance changes over the industrial life cycle when places commit firms to certain governance structures. Focus is on industries where a significant part of the economic value is created by technological knowledge changing the conditions for corporate financing. The article extends this view to include knowledge needed to accumulate governance
capabilities. The board is a crucial governance institution emphasized in the study. We find that changes in this institution depend on shareholders’ concern regarding innovation management. We also find that boards are changed over time to improve the conversational exchange, which is attained by extending the boards with directors holding degrees in engineering. The main finding is
that the most successful firms recruit board members from the geographic setting in which they were founded at all stages of the industrial life cycle. The Danish wind turbine industry serves as empirical evidence.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Advances in Economics and Finance
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)9-28
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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