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Top executive turnovers: Separating decision and control rights


  • Robert Neumann

    (Danske Markets, Danske Bank, Holmens Kanal 2-12, 1092 Copenhagen K, Denmark)

  • Torben Voetmann

    (Cornerstone Research and Finance Department, The Wharton School, 3620 Locust Walk, Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, Suite 2344, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6367, USA)


This paper examines the relationship between performance and top executive turnovers using a sample of 81 turnovers and matching companies listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. We find that poor market performance increases the probability of management replacements and that forced layoffs are value-increasing events while voluntary resignations are value-decreasing events. Large shareholders as active monitors, or part of corporate control, are not exhibited in the results. If large shareholders have any influence on CEO turnovers it is not revealed in our data. Indeed, separating control rights from decision rights does not appear to affect managerial turnovers. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Robert Neumann & Torben Voetmann, 2005. "Top executive turnovers: Separating decision and control rights," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 26(1), pages 25-37.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:26:y:2005:i:1:p:25-37 DOI: 10.1002/mde.1187

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    1. Kato, Takao & Long, Cheryl, 2006. "CEO Turnover, Firm Performance and Enterprise Reform in China: Evidence from New Micro Data," IZA Discussion Papers 1914, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Kato, Takao & Long, Cheryl, 2006. "CEO turnover, firm performance, and enterprise reform in China: Evidence from micro data," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 796-817, December.
    3. Axel Kind & Yves Schläpfer, 2011. "Are Forced Turnovers Good or Bad News?," Working papers 2011/10, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Basel.
    4. Fan, Dennis K.K. & Lau, Chung-Ming & Young, Michael, 2007. "Is China's corporate governance beginning to come of age? The case of CEO turnover," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 15(2), pages 105-120, April.

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