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The aftermath of CEO succession via hierarchical jumps on firm performance and agency cost: Evidence from Chinese firms


  • Syed Ghulam Meran Shah
  • Mingfeng Tang
  • Muddassar Sarfraz
  • Zeeshan Fareed


This paper analyzes the effect of CEO succession via overall hierarchical jumps on Chinese firm performance and agency cost. It categorizes hierarchical jumps into low, medium and high level. The study reveals through panel regression analysis that the CEOs appointed via medium hierarchical jumps substantially enhance firm performance. Conversely, the successors appointed through low and high hierarchical jumps have relatively no effect on firm profitability. Conclusively, this research evaluates that the aged CEOs should be preferred among the CEOs successors via high hierarchical jumps, which have mitigated the agency problem decisively.

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  • Syed Ghulam Meran Shah & Mingfeng Tang & Muddassar Sarfraz & Zeeshan Fareed, 2019. "The aftermath of CEO succession via hierarchical jumps on firm performance and agency cost: Evidence from Chinese firms," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(21), pages 1744-1748, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:26:y:2019:i:21:p:1744-1748
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2019.1593932

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    4. Muddassar Sarfraz & Syed G. M. Shah & Zeeshan Fareed & Farrukh Shahzad, 2020. "Demonstrating the interconnection of hierarchical order disturbances in CEO succession with corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability," Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 27(6), pages 2956-2971, November.
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    7. Yingkai Tang & Aswad Akram & Lucian‐Ionel Cioca & Syed Ghulam Meran Shah & Muhammad Asim Ali Qureshi, 2021. "Whether an innovation act as a catalytic moderator between corporate social responsibility performance and stated owned and non‐state owned enterprises' performance or not? An evidence from Pakistani ," Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 28(3), pages 1127-1141, May.
    8. Muddassar Sarfraz & Syed Ghulam Meran Shah & Larisa Ivascu & Muhammad Asim Ali Qureshi, 2022. "Explicating the impact of hierarchical CEO succession on small‐medium enterprises' performance and cash holdings," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(2), pages 2600-2614, April.
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