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No 15/2014:
Professors in the boardroom and their impact on corporate governance and firm performance

Bill B. Francis, Iftekhar Hasan () and Qiang Wu

Abstract: Directors from academia served on the boards of around 40% of S&P 1,500 firms over the 19982011 period. This paper investigates the effects of academic directors on corporate governance and firm performance. We find that companies with directors from academia are associated with higher performance and this relation is driven by professors without administrative jobs. We also find that academic directors play an important governance role through their advising and monitoring functions. Specifically, our results show that the presence of academic directors is associated with higher acquisition performance, higher number of patents and citations, higher stock price informativeness, lower discretionary accruals, lower CEO compensation, and higher CEO forced turnover-performance sensitivity. Overall, our results provide supportive evidence that academic directors are valuable advisors and effective monitors and that, in general, firms benefit from having academic directors.

Keywords: academic directors; professors; firm performance; advising; monitoring; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: G30; G34; M41; (follow links to similar papers)

59 pages, July 9, 2014

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Francis, Bill B. and Iftekhar Hasan, (2015), 'Professors in the boardroom and their impact on corporate governance and firm performance', Financial Management, Vol. 44, September, No. 3, pages 547-581

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