Inside the Boardroom: Concluding Remarks

It is not easy for researchers to get TMTs to talk about, and systematically analyze, what happens inside the boardroom. But they have managed to do so, perhaps because executives also see the value of systematic, scientific knowledge about how TMT behavior relates to important outcomes. And researchers have obtained good results; several studies have illustrated that the TMT’s internal processes and states matter for outcomes.

Most notably, task conflict and behavioral integration are clearly to be stimulated, but excessive communication and relationship conflict are to be avoided. The emergent states of trust and team norms can facilitate these beneficial processes. For TMTs in practice, the challenge ...

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