Board turnover in Taiwan's public firms: An empirical study
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AbstractUsing a data set of 220 Taiwanese public firms with 2,200 observations over a ten-year period representing Taiwan's economic takeoff period in the late 1990s, as well as six follow-up interviews conducted with top managers several years hence, this research examines the propensity of an important change variable for firms: the turnover of boards of directors. Specifically, it examines the relationship between board turnover and the organization's environment, firm performance, and the largest shareholder's control during a key period of economic transition and growth for Taiwan. The results show that substantial changes in board composition, though still not especially common in Taiwan, do occur, even in closely held companies. Turnover in the board is negatively related to the largest shareholder's control power as well as firm performance. Board changes however, are not related to the environmental munificence and dynamism. These results are rather consistent with related research on firms in ethnic Chinese communities which suggests that top management and board turnover while not common, does sometimes occur, and more recent institutional and industrial change in Taiwan is likely encouraging further governance reform. This has implications for important facets of firm governance and change, as well as expanding our knowledge about firms domiciled in an ethnic Chinese community, particularly during times of economic transition and growth. Follow-up interviews with four top managers from our sample, along with one consultant and one government official in Taiwan provided additional confirmation and clarification of our results.
All Author(s) ListLiu YS, Wang LC, Zhao L, Ahlstrom D
Journal nameAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Volume Number30
Issue Number4
PublisherSpringer Verlag (Germany)
Pages1059 - 1086
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsBoard of directors; Corporate governance; Culture; Ethnic Chinese firms; Institutional theory; Organizational change; Taiwan
Web of Science Subject CategoriesBusiness & Economics; Management; MANAGEMENT

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