Board composition and firm performance: evidence from Bangladesh

Rashid, Afzalur and De Zoysa, Anura and Lodh, Sudhir and Rudkin, Kathy (2010) Board composition and firm performance: evidence from Bangladesh. Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, 4 (1). pp. 76-95. ISSN 1834-2000

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This study examines the influence of corporate board composition in the form of representation of outside independent directors on firm economic performance in Bangladesh. Two hypotheses are developed to examine the relationship among composition of board memberships including independent directors and firm performance. An observation of 274 Bangladeshi firm-years is used in the study. A linear regression analysis is used to test the hypotheses. Results reveal that the outside (independent) directors cannot add potential value to the firm’s economic performance in Bangladesh. The idea of the introduction of independent directors may have benefits for greater
transparency, but the non-consideration of the underlying institutional and cultural differences in an emerging economy such as Bangladesh may not result in economic value addition to the firm. The findings provide an insight to the regulators in their quest for harmonization of international corporate governance practices.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors co-own copyright. No restrictions on deposit in institutional repository.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2010 09:18
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: board composition; independent directors; firm performance; Bangladesh
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150102 Auditing and Accountability
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management

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