Can board leadership contribute to board dynamic managerial capabilities? An empirical exploration among Norwegian firms

  • Carl ÅbergEmail author
  • Wei Shen


This study explores how board leadership may influence the board dynamic managerial capabilities. We draw on the dynamic capabilities perspective to examine the effect of board chairs on the dynamic managerial capabilities of the board of directors. Using survey data from a sample of 410 Norwegian firms, our results reveal that board chair human capital is positively related to the board’s sensing, seizing, and reconfiguring capabilities. Moreover, we find the positive effects of board chair human capital on board sensing and seizing capabilities to be stronger under higher environmental dynamism. Our study suggests that board chairs can play an important leadership role in developing dynamic managerial capabilities at the board level, particularly in more dynamic environments.


Board chair leadership Human capital Dynamic managerial capabilities Survey method Strategic leadership 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business, Strategy and Political SciencesUniversity of South-Eastern NorwayDrammenNorway
  2. 2.Department of Management, W. P. Carey School of BusinessArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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