The changing structure of US corporate boards

1997-2003

Vidhi Chhaochharia, Yaniv Grinstein

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Abstract

We document changes in board characteristics in public US firms between 1997 and 2003. We find significant changes in board independence, committee independence, board size, interlocking directorships, director occupation and multiple directorships. Most of the changes occur between 2000 and 2003. In general, these changes appear both in small and large firms. However, changes in board size and in multiple directorships are statistically significant in large firms only. We find weaker trends in the financial stake of independent directors and in separating CEOs from the chairman position. In 2003 many independent directors have small holdings in the firms they direct and CEOs chair around two-thirds of the boards in our sample. Together, these results shed light on the types of board structures that have recently become the norm in US public firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1215-1223
Number of pages9
JournalCorporate Governance: An International Review
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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Corporate boards
Multiple directorships
Board size
Large firms
Independent directors
Chief executive officer
Board characteristics
Public firm
Board structure
Board independence
Chairmen
Small firms

Keywords

  • Board of directors
  • Board size
  • Board structure
  • Director independence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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The changing structure of US corporate boards : 1997-2003. / Chhaochharia, Vidhi; Grinstein, Yaniv.

In: Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 15, No. 6, 01.01.2007, p. 1215-1223.

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