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Are Busy Boards Effective Monitors?

In: Corporate Governance


  • Eliezer M. Fich

    (Drexel University)

  • Anil Shivdasani

    (University of North Carolina)


Firms with busy boards, those in which a majority of outside directors hold three or more directorships, are associated with weak corporate governance. These firms exhibit lower market-to-book ratios, weaker profitability, and lower sensitivity of CEO turnover to firm performance. Independent but busy boards display CEO turnover-performance sensitivities indistinguishable from those of inside-dominated boards. Departures of busy outside directors generate positive abnormal returns. When directors become busy as a result of acquiring an additional directorship, other companies in which they hold board seats experience negative abnormal returns. Busy outside directors are more likely to depart boards following poor performance.

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  • Eliezer M. Fich & Anil Shivdasani, 2012. "Are Busy Boards Effective Monitors?," Springer Books, in: Sabri Boubaker & Bang Dang Nguyen & Duc Khuong Nguyen (ed.), Corporate Governance, edition 127, pages 221-258, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-3-642-31579-4_10
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-31579-4_10

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