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Division Manager Lobbying Power and the Allocation of Capital

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  • Chris R. McNeil
  • Thomas I. Smythe
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    We investigate whether division manager lobbying power affects the allocation of capital in multi-divisional firms. We find that firm-level disparities in division manager lobbying power (measured by tenure, time-in-position, board membership, and top executive status) affect capital allocation in expected ways. Managers with greater relative lobbying power compete for capital expenditures from a position of strength. Evidence is also provided which suggests that division manager ownership mitigates lobbying efforts. Furthermore, disparity in division manager lobbying power is associated with lower firm excess value. These results support the view that division manager influence activities impact the operation of internal capital markets. Copyright (c) 2009, The Eastern Finance Association.

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    Article provided by Eastern Finance Association in its journal Financial Review.

    Volume (Year): 44 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (02)
    Pages: 59-85

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:44:y:2009:i:1:p:59-85

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    Cited by:
    1. Dey, Tania & Banerjee, Rajabrata, 2011. "Can Corporate Diversification Promote Firm Value? A Survey," MPRA Paper 28928, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Vinod Mishra & Rajabrata Banerjee & Tania Dey, 2011. "Influence Activity And Allocation Of Firms' Internal Capital: Evidence From Australia," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series 38-11, Monash University, Department of Economics.
    3. John R. Graham & Campbell R. Harvey & Manju Puri, 2011. "Capital Allocation and Delegation of Decision-Making Authority within Firms," NBER Working Papers 17370, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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