Disputation: Dennis Gan

Doctoral candidate Dennis Gan at the Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, is defending the thesis New Venture Governance and Accelerated Growth; Toward Board Superstructures in Venturing Firms for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor.

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Trial lecture

  • Monday 10 October 2022, 11:15, in Kristen Nygaards sal (5370), Ole-Johan Dahls hus
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Main research findings

New venture firms are stimulants of economic growth. Just as established firms, new firms are also governed, but the dynamics here is different. Most of what we know about governance today stems from research on larger firms, which is different from the governance of smaller firms. Alas, much of what we know about their governance, and configurations, remain elusive and fragmented.

For new firms where organic growth is vital, this thesis finds that a dual board leadership structure - the situation where CEO and board chair is the same person - bodes well for their performance at very early stage, when the board is small, but not when the board is larger.

For startups with accelerated inorganic growth, I found that a separate board leadership structure is better than a dual board leadership structure. Increasing the number of board members with pluralistic board ties increased the probability of these firms being acquired. Similar findings were found for new firms acquiring other new firms.

For startups seeking hybrid growth, and thus entered alliances with established firms, I found that the well-aligned resource complementary between them is not sufficient to achieve a successful alliance, they need to overcome various other obstacles.

Adjudication committee:


Professor Magnus Klofsten, Division of Project, Innovations and Entrepreneurship, Linköping University, Sweden

Professor Siri Terjesen, College of Business, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Professor Elin Kubberød, Department of Informatics,University of Oslo, Norway



  • Professor Truls Erikson, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
  • Professor Steffen Korsgaard, Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark

Chair of defence

Professor Ole Hanseth, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo


Contact information to Department: Pernille Adine Nordby 

Published Sep. 23, 2022 11:03 AM - Last modified Sep. 23, 2022 11:05 AM