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Board composition and firm performance in the Netherlands

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  • Postma, Th.J.B.M.
  • Ees, H. van
  • Sterken, E.

    (Groningen University)

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We analyze the relationship between performance and board composition of Dutch listed firms. Since the Netherlands has a two-tier board structure, we analyze both the impact of the size of the management board and the supervisory board. The supervisory board plays a role in (anti-) investor protection in the Dutch corporate governance system. Therefore, we use indicators of corporate governance as instrumental variables. We find that the size of the management board is not determining firm performance. We do, however, find support for a negative relationship between the size and composition (number of outsiders) of the supervisory board and firm performance.

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Paper provided by University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management) in its series Research Report with number 01E01.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:rugsom:01e01

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  1. Khaled Elsayed, 2011. "Board size and corporate performance: the missing role of board leadership structure," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 415-446, August.

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