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Allocation of Decision Rights and the Investment Strategy of Mutual Funds


Nishant Dass


Georgia Institute of Technology

Vikram K. Nanda


Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Management

Qinghai Wang


Georgia Institute of Technology

March 15, 2012


Abstract:     
The literature suggests that while decentralized decision-making can allow for greater specialization in an organization, it heightens the cost of coordinating decisions. The mutual fund industry – in particular, sole- and team-managed balanced funds – provides an ideal setting to test the specialization vs. coordination trade-off, since information on decision structures and fund actions is easily obtained. We document that sole-managed balanced funds, with centralized decision rights, exhibit significant market timing that requires reallocation across asset classes. However, consistent with coordination difficulties between managers specializing in particular asset classes, there is no market-timing evident in team-managed balanced funds. Team-managed funds exhibit greater returns from specialization, in the form of better security-selection performance than sole-managed funds. These results hold cross-sectionally and for funds that switch management structures. The overall returns across different management structures are similar, indicating a market equilibrium. Investor flows reward market-timing performance for sole- but not team-managed funds.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: teams, coordination costs, decision rights, performance, mutual funds

JEL Classification: G20, G23, D70

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Date posted: March 19, 2012  

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Dass, Nishant and Nanda, Vikram K. and Wang, Qinghai, Allocation of Decision Rights and the Investment Strategy of Mutual Funds (March 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2024370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2024370

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Nishant Dass (Contact Author)
Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )
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College of Management, Georgia Tech
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Vikram K. Nanda
Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Management ( email )
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Qinghai Wang
Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )
800 West Peachtree St., NW
Atlanta, GA 30308-1149
United States
404-3853266 (Phone)
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