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    Governance and the corporate life-cycle

    O'Connor, Thomas (2015) Governance and the corporate life-cycle. International Journal of Managerial Finance, 11 (1). pp. 23-43. ISSN 1743-9132

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine whether corporate governance changes along the corporate life-cycle. Design/methodology/approach – In a sample of 205 firms from 21 emerging market countries and using a life-cycle proxy from the dividends literature, the authors use a governance-prediction model which examines whether corporate governance differs along the corporate life-cycle. Findings – Mature firms tend to practice better overall corporate governance. Discipline and independence improve as firms mature. Firms tend to be most transparent and accountable when they are young. These findings suggest that the resource/strategy and monitoring/control governance functions are relevant but at different life-cycle stages. Research limitations/implications – In the absence of longitudinal governance data with sufficient coverage to track within-firm changes in corporate governance along the corporate life-cycle, the authors analyze differences in corporate governance between-firms at different life-cycle stages. Originality/value – The authors use an alternative, yet new measure from the dividends literature to account for the firm ’ s position along the corporate life-cycle. With this new measure, the findings are in line with the predictions of Filatotchev et al. (2006).

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Corporate governance; Emerging markets; Corporate life-cycle;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 8495
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    Depositing User: Thomas G. O'Connor
    Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 09:08
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Managerial Finance
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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