Unpacking Growth of VC-Backed Start-ups through a Study of Board Director Behaviours

Natalia Blagburn

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Some boards facilitate startups with scaling up and achieving exponential growth whereas others leave founders and shareholders baffled on how to get value from them. Having relevant skills, experiences and fitting board processes is often not good enough. What happens inside the ‘black box’ of venture boards, the fine balance of director dynamics and interactions seems to be the missing ingredient, both in research and in practice. This grounded theory study aims to unpack the growth governing mix of director behaviours in the volatile business environment of the UK. The showcased preliminary findings include a more integrative model, uncovering several novel behavioural and interaction strategies used by directors to perform their formal monitoring and informal adding-value roles in the context of VC-backed boards.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Global Proceedings
EditorsMichael E. Bratsis
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, US
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages32
VolumeTel Aviv
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
EventAcademy of Management Specialized Conference
: From Start-up to Scale-up: Coping with Organizational Challenges in a Volatile Business Environment
- Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 17 Dec 201819 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Global Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
VolumeTel Aviv
ISSN (Print)2638-4892


ConferenceAcademy of Management Specialized Conference
Abbreviated titleAOM From Start-up to Scale-up
CityTel Aviv
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