Director Networks, Turnover, and Appointments

Director Networks, Turnover, and Appointments

Luc Renneboog, Yang Zhao

Series number :

Serial Number: 
534/2017

Date posted :

October 10 2017

Last revised :

October 10 2017
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Keywords

  • Corporate governance • 
  • Director Networks • 
  • Director Turnover • 
  • Director Appointments

By means of social network methodology, we analyze the labor market (turnover and appointments) of executive and non-executive directors. Directors with strong networks are able to obtain labor market information that generates opportunities and enables them to leave their firm more frequently for another one.

Networks also mitigate information asymmetry problems of external director appointments. Furthermore, the strong impact of indirect connections is in line with the ‘strength of the weak ties’ theory. The fact that direct connections are less important signifies that the connections to people that are close and local are likely to convey redundant information, whereas connections to distant individuals are more efficient in terms of information acquisition and labor market performance improvement.

Authors

Real name: 
Yang Zhao