Technological Innovations and the Allocation of Decision-Making Authorities in Swiss Firms
AbstractSince 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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Date of creation: 2011
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-06-04 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2011-06-04 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-INO-2011-06-04 (Innovation)
- NEP-KNM-2011-06-04 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
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