Are Busy Boards Detrimental?
Laura Casares Field
University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business
November 20, 2012
Busy directors have been widely criticized as being ineffective. However, we hypothesize that busy directors offer advantages for many firms. While busy directors may be less effective monitors, their experience and contacts arguably make them excellent advisors. Among IPO firms, which have minimal experience with public markets and likely rely heavily on their directors for advising, we find busy boards to be common and to contribute positively to firm value. Moreover, these positive effects of busy boards extend to all but the most established firms. Benefits are lowest among Forbes 500 firms, which likely require more monitoring than advising.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 55
Keywords: Corporate governance, IPO, Board of directors, venture capital
JEL Classification: G24, G34, K22
Date posted: July 25, 2011 ; Last revised: November 20, 2012
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