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Eigenschaften von Verwaltungsräten und Unternehmensperformance

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We investigate the performance of 95 board members of listed Swiss companies over 12 years. We identify quantitatively measurable characteristics of board members and test for a relationship between board member characteristics and firm performance. As a proxy for firm performance, we use the performance of the firm's stock relative to a benchmark index. The number of board memberships appears to be negatively related to performance, possibly caused by loss of focus or excessive workload. On the other hand, the age of a board member as well as combined Chairman/CEO positions tend to affect performance positively. No significant relationship is found for duration of board membership, nationality or gender.

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  • Manuel Ammann, 2005. "Eigenschaften von Verwaltungsräten und Unternehmensperformance," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 141(I), pages 1-22, March.
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    board member characteristics; firm performance;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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