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Technological Innovations and the Allocation of Decision-Making Authorities in Swiss Firms

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  • Kathrin Armbruster

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    Since several decades, information and communication technologies (ICT)� as well as new organizational designs change the working life in firms.� Using nationally representative Swiss firm-level panel data, the present paper analyzes the relationship between these developments and examines, whether ICT is associated with centralization or decentralization tendencies. The results suggest a positive� impact of ICT� on the degree of delegation. Furthermore, the diffusion of ICT use within� the workforce� and the intensity� of ICT investments are essential for the decentralization� effect of ICT. Thus, reduced agency costs owing to ICT use result in decentralized decision-making authorities in Swiss firms. The results are robust to potential endogeneity� biases like reversed causality and unobserved firm characteristics.

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    Paper provided by Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel in its series Working papers with number 2011/04.

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    1. Daron Acemoglu & Philippe Aghion & Claire Lelarge & John Van Reenen & Fabrizio Zilibotti, 2007. "Technology, Information, and the Decentralization of the Firm," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 122(4), pages 1759-1799, November.
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