Correlation between company’s innovation and the national composition of its corporate board : Application of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory in the context of big international corporations and small-medium sized companies

Zanganeh, Yuliya (2020) Correlation between company’s innovation and the national composition of its corporate board : Application of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory in the context of big international corporations and small-medium sized companies. Master thesis, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana.

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Abstract

This Master thesis investigates the aspect of national diversity within boards of directors in relation to innovational capacity of the companies which they lead. Two categories of organizations have been the focus of this paper: four big international corporations with headquarters in the USA, China and Germany and two small and medium-sized enterprises in canton Ticino, Switzerland. Elevated innovational capacity of the selected companies is predetermined by their belonging to official rankings of world’s innovational leaders. Being guided by the Upper Echelon theory, the subjects of the research are analyzed in terms of cultural characteristics with the help of Hofstede’s six cultural dimension model, which is then projected on the companies’ nature. The reults of the research prove the existence of correlation between high level of innovation within the companies and heterogeneous composition of their boards of directors demonstrated for all four international corporations and a medium-sized local firm.

Item Type: Thesis (Master)
Corso: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisors: Ureta, Ivan
Additional Information: Indirizzo di approfondimento: Innovation Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation
Subjects: Economia
Divisions: Dipartimento economia aziendale, sanità e sociale > Economia e Diritto
URI: http://tesi.supsi.ch/id/eprint/3539

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