Professors in the boardroom and their impact on corporate governance and firm performance

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Title: Professors in the boardroom and their impact on corporate governance and firm performance
Author: Francis, Bill ; Hasan, Iftekhar ; Wu, Qiang
Organization: Bank of Finland
Series: Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers
ISSN: 1456-6184
Series year: 2014
Series number: 15/2014
Year of publication: 2014
Publication date: 7.7.2014
Published in: Published in Financial Management, Volume 44, Issue 3, 1 September 2015, Pages 547-581
DOI: 10.1111/fima.12069
Pages: 59
Keywords: yritykset; johtajat; hallinto; johtokunnat; kannattavuus
Abstract: Directors from academia served on the boards of around 40% of S&P 1,500 firms over the 1998-2011 period. This paper investigates the effects of academic directors on corporate governance and firm performance. We find that companies with directors from academia are associated with higher performance and this relation is driven by professors without administrative jobs. We also find that academic directors play an important governance role through their advising and monitoring functions. Specifically, our results show that the presence of academic directors is associated with higher acquisition performance, higher number of patents and citations, higher stock price informativeness, lower discretionary accruals, lower CEO compensation, and higher CEO forced turnover-performance sensitivity. Overall, our results provide supportive evidence that academic directors are valuable advisors and effective monitors and that, in general, firms benefit from having academic directors.

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