Option Backdating and Board Interlocks
John M. Bizjak
Texas Christian University
Michael L. Lemmon
University of Utah - Department of Finance
Ryan J. Whitby
Utah State University
February 1, 2007
Review of Financial Studies, Forthcoming
We examine the role of board connections in explaining how the controversial practice of backdating employee stock options spread to a large number of firms across a wide range of industries. The increase in the likelihood that a firm begins to backdate stock options that can be explained by having a board member who is interlocked to a previously identified backdating firm is approximately one third of the unconditional probability of backdating in our sample. Our analysis provides new insight into how boards function and the role that they play in providing managerial oversight and determining corporate strategy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: corporate governance, board of directors, stock options, backdating
JEL Classification: G34, J33, H24, H25
Date posted: November 24, 2006 ; Last revised: March 20, 2012
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