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

Beckmann, Michael and Armbruster, Kathrin. (2011) Technological innovations and the allocation of decision-making authorities in Swiss firms. WWZ Discussion Papers, 2011 (04). 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.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Personal und Organisation (Beckmann)
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UniBasel Contributors:Beckmann, Michael and Armbruster, Kathrin
Item Type:Working Paper
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