The interface of the top management team and the board: A dynamic managerial capabilities perspective

Kim Huynh, Ralf Wilden*, Siegfried Gudergan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although top management teams use their human capital, social capital, and cognition (i.e., dynamic managerial capabilities) to drive strategic change in their firms, faultlines within these teams may dampen the strategic change that they produce. While boards can enable but also restrict these change efforts, we know little about how precisely a board's monitoring and advice-giving condition the impact of the top management team's dynamic managerial capabilities on strategic change. We clarify how intense monitoring and advice-giving affect strategic change when faultlines between the top management team's and board's dynamic managerial capabilities are more or less salient. We explain that intense monitoring further stifles both the breadth and speed of strategic change that can be accomplished, and that this is more pronounced when the faultlines between the two bodies are strong. Furthermore, we outline that intensive advice-giving can be beneficial in improving the breadth of strategic change, but more so when these faultlines are weak and less so when they are strong. Notably we illuminate that the reverse happens in terms of speed of strategic change: intensive advice-giving can be detrimental engendering a further dampening of strategic change speed which is more pronounced when these faultlines are strong but less when they are weak.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102194
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalLong Range Planning
Issue number3
Early online date11 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Top management team
  • Dynamic managerial capabilities
  • Board
  • Dynamic capability
  • Strategic change
  • Monitoring
  • Advice-giving
  • Faultlines


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