Journal of Management & Governance

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 5–28

New perspectives on board research: changing the research agenda

  • Morten Huse
  • Robert Hoskisson
  • Alessandro Zattoni
  • Riccardo Viganò

DOI: 10.1007/s10997-009-9122-9

Cite this article as:
Huse, M., Hoskisson, R., Zattoni, A. et al. J Manag Gov (2011) 15: 5. doi:10.1007/s10997-009-9122-9


Scholars and practitioners have recently devoted considerable attention to boards of directors, but far more research is needed. We still know little about how boards actually work and how their behavior may be improved to contribute to value creation. During more than two decades agency theory has been the dominant theory in studies about boards of directors. When relaxing some of the assumptions in agency theory several new pathways for new research arise. To present new perspectives on board research we follow in this essay some of the pathways arising from relaxing agency theory assumptions about complete contracts. Alternative theoretical approaches, research questions and methods are suggested.


Boards of directorsResearch issuesResearch methodsBoard processesBehavioral theoryTeam production theorySocial identity theory

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Morten Huse
    • 1
  • Robert Hoskisson
    • 2
  • Alessandro Zattoni
    • 3
    • 4
  • Riccardo Viganò
    • 5
  1. 1.Norwegian School of Management BIOsloNorway
  2. 2.George R. Brown Professor of Strategic Management, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of BusinessRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Management DepartmentParthenope UniversityNaplesItaly
  4. 4.Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management DepartmentSDA Bocconi School of ManagementMilanItaly
  5. 5.Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”NaplesItaly