Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2005/9: Knowledge and Accountability: Outside’s Directors’contribution in the corporate value chain

Morten Huse (), Jonas Gabrielsson () and Alessandro Minichilli ()
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Morten Huse: Norwegian School of Management BI, Norway and Bocconi University, Italy, Postal: Norwegian School of Management BI, Box 580, N 1302 Sandvika , Norway
Jonas Gabrielsson: CIRCLE and Norwegian School of Management BI, Norway, Postal: CIRCLE, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Alessandro Minichilli: Bocconi University, Postal: Italy

Abstract: In this article we position outside directors´ contribution in the corporate value chain. Our objective is to show how outside board members may contribute to value creation through knowledge and accountability. We will also provide tools for outside board members to make contributions. The directors are accountable to balance the interest of various sets of stakeholders. It is their responsibility to use their knowledge to create values throughout the whole corporate value chain. Novel heuristic approaches to board accountability are presented. Accountability is discussed in relation to board role expectations, and we introduce a board role taxonomy. This taxonomy is related to the various parts of the corporate value chain. The value chain approach shows various requirements to the knowledge and competency of the outside directors, and to the inner working of boards. The article also presents frameworks for evaluating and analysing actual board behaviour. Board evaluations are tools that may help develop board knowledge and accountability to fulfil outside directors´ value creative potential.

Keywords: Value chain; value creation

JEL-codes: O30

24 pages, June 1, 2005

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