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Business environment, managerial strategies, and the allocation of decision-making authorities in Swiss Firms

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  • Kathrin Armbruster

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  • Michael Beckmann

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The allocation of decision-making authorities may be seen as the last link in a causal relationship starting from changes in environment and continuing to business strategy. Changes in task complexity, which can be measured by the introduction of a diversi ca- tion or an outsourcing strategy, are expected to result in a shift towards a more centralized or decentralized allocation of decision-making authorities. Using nationally representative Swiss rm data, OLS, Propensity Score Matching as well as a combined matching and di erence-in-di erences approach in order to account for endogeneity and unobserved het- erogeneity are applied. Estimates using all three approaches show a highly signi cant positive impact of outsourcing on a decentralized decision rights assignment, whereas a diversi cation strategy yields no in uence. The conclusion therefore is that a lower delega- tion risk due to a decline in complexity results in decentralized decision-making authorities in Swiss rms.

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  • Kathrin Armbruster & Michael Beckmann, 2010. "Business environment, managerial strategies, and the allocation of decision-making authorities in Swiss Firms," Working papers 2010/06, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
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    Keywords

    Allocation of decision-making authorities - Diversi cation - Outsourcing - Average treatment e ect - Propensity score matching estimators - Combined matching di erence-in-di erences estimator;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • M50 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - General

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