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The Active Board Of Directors And Its Effect On The Performance Of The Large Publicly Traded Corporation

  • Paul W. MacAvoy
  • Ira M. Millstein
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    In recent years, boards of directors have become more active and independent of management in pursuing shareholder interests. But, up to this point, there has been little empirical evidence that active boards help companies produce higher rates of return for their shareholders. In this article, after describing the new board activism, the authors argue that past failures to document an association between independent boards and superior corporate performance can be explained by two features of the research: its concentration on periods prior to the 1990s (when most boards were largely irrelevant) and its use of unreliable proxies (such as a minimum percentage of outside directors) for a well-functioning board. 1999 Morgan Stanley.

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    Article provided by Morgan Stanley in its journal Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.

    Volume (Year): 11 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 8-20

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jacrfn:v:11:y:1999:i:4:p:8-20
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