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How Does Group Affiliation Affect The Diversification Performance Of Family-Controlled Firms In Malaysia? – A Governance Perspective

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  • Ng Sin Huei

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This paper examines the roles of business group affiliations and whether the size and ownership structure of business groups influence the performance outcomes of diversification among family-controlled firms in Malaysia. It presents evidence that agency-driven and thus performance-diminishing firm diversification is more likely to take place in firms affiliated with a family-controlled business group than in independent firms. The findings support the hypothesis that if the benefits of diversification can be captured through group-level diversification, then diversification at the firm level is more of an act of expropriation. In Malaysia, the undue political interference in business that to a certain extent has contributed to a weak enforcement of rules causes the enhanced control of family ownership through the formation of large and structurally complicated business groups to go unchecked. This grants the controlling families opportunities to pursue sub-optimal firm diversification policies that bring them more self-interested benefits at the expense of firm performance.

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  • Ng Sin Huei, 2014. "How Does Group Affiliation Affect The Diversification Performance Of Family-Controlled Firms In Malaysia? – A Governance Perspective," Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance (AAMJAF), Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, vol. 10(2), pages 81-115.
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