Board of Directors

Working Paper

The Market for Non-Executive Directors: Does Acquisition Performance Influence Future Board Seats?

This paper investigates whether non-executive directors associated with good (bad) board decisions are subsequently rewarded (penalized) in the market for directors. This question is addressed by assessing whether the post-acquisition performance...Read more

Marc Goergen
13 February 2018

Why Do Boards Exist? Governance Design in the Absence of Corporate Law

We study how owners trade off costs and benefits of establishing a board in a historical setting, where boards are optional and authority over corporate decisions can freely be allocated across the general meeting, the board, and management. We...Read more

Mike Burkart
Salvatore Miglietta
Charlotte Ostergaard
25 April 2017

How Valuable are Independent Directors? Evidence from External Distractions

We provide new evidence on the value of independent directors by exploiting exogenous events that seriously distract independent directors. Approximately 20% of independent directors are significantly distracted in a typical year. They attend...Read more

Ronald Masulis
Emma Jincheng Zhang
02 August 2017

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