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Technological innovations and the allocation of decision-making authorities in Swiss firms

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  • Beckmann, Michael

    () (University of Basel)

  • Armbruster, Kathrin

    () (University of Basel)

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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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  • Beckmann, Michael & Armbruster, Kathrin, 2011. "Technological innovations and the allocation of decision-making authorities in Swiss firms," Working papers 2011/04, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
  • Handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper: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, Oxford University Press, vol. 122(4), pages 1759-1799.
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    Keywords

    ICT; decision-making authority; decentralization; Mundlak‘s approach;

    JEL classification:

    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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