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How mixed ownership affects decision making in turbulent times: Evidence from the digital revolution in telecommunications


Wehrheim, David; Dalay, Hakki Dogan; Fosfuri, Andrea; Helmers, Christian (2020). How mixed ownership affects decision making in turbulent times: Evidence from the digital revolution in telecommunications. Journal of Corporate Finance, 64(101626):1-21.

Abstract

This study examines how the ownership structure of corporations shapes their responses to discontinuous technological change. We analyze whether mixed ownership, a situation where following privatization a company's shares are held both privately and by the government, is associated with less innovation in response to discontinuous technological change. We argue that mixed ownership is associated with governance conflicts that affect a company's ability to respond to the challenges posed by discontinuous technological change. Our empirical analysis uses data on European telecommunications operators for the period 2000–2016 when they faced sweeping technological change due to the advent of Internet-based communication services. Our baseline result suggests that operators with mixed ownership file around 70% fewer patents in relevant digital technologies than companies that are fully private or where the government owns a majority of shares. We find that mixed ownership also affects negatively the acquisition of externally developed technology.

Abstract

This study examines how the ownership structure of corporations shapes their responses to discontinuous technological change. We analyze whether mixed ownership, a situation where following privatization a company's shares are held both privately and by the government, is associated with less innovation in response to discontinuous technological change. We argue that mixed ownership is associated with governance conflicts that affect a company's ability to respond to the challenges posed by discontinuous technological change. Our empirical analysis uses data on European telecommunications operators for the period 2000–2016 when they faced sweeping technological change due to the advent of Internet-based communication services. Our baseline result suggests that operators with mixed ownership file around 70% fewer patents in relevant digital technologies than companies that are fully private or where the government owns a majority of shares. We find that mixed ownership also affects negatively the acquisition of externally developed technology.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Finance
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Language:English
Date:1 October 2020
Deposited On:14 Jan 2021 13:03
Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 21:02
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0929-1199
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2020.101626
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:20078

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