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Independent directors, large shareholders and firm performance: the generational stage of family businesses and the socioemotional wealth approach.

Abstract: The effectiveness of independent directors is empirically addressed in the Southern European context using a sample of 221 publicly traded firms during the 2001?2007 period. Drawing on the socioemotional wealth approach, we focus on family control and influence to test whether there are significant differences in the effect of independent directors on the firm?s performance among non-family businesses (NFBs) that have a non-family large shareholder, and family businesses (FBs). In doing so, we consider the heterogeneity of FBs by testing whether the FB?s life cycle moderates the effectiveness of independent directors. To that end, we differentiate among founder lead family businesses and non-founder lead family businesses. Moreover, we test whether dual leadership structures, in particular when the family chief executive officer is also the chairperson of the board, moderates the effectiveness of independent directors. A cross-country and panel data design was used, taking into account the endogeneity problem arising in studies of corporate governance. The results show that the contribution of independent directors to a firm?s performance differs for NFBs and FBs. Moreover, findings confirm that in FBs, contribution is moderated by the generational stage of the FB and by the leadership structure of the firm.

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 Fuente: Review of managerial science, January 2017, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 119?156

Editorial: Springer

 Fecha de publicación: 01/01/2017

Nº de páginas: 38

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1007/s11846-015-0182-8

ISSN: 1863-6691,1863-6683

Proyecto español: APIE Num. 2/2015-2017

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11846-015-0182-8