Directors' Decision-Making Involvement on Corporate Boards

67 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2009 Last revised: 11 Mar 2015

Date Written: March 10, 2015


Using the full set of committee memberships for the directors of Fortune 100 firms (which I collect from annual proxy statements), I introduce a measure to capture the extent of a director’s involvement in discussion and decisions that affect corporate policy. I document substantial variation in directors’ decision-making power both within and across boards, and I provide evidence that this more nuanced yet systematically available measure yields more powerful and better specified tests in examining the link between board composition, accounting performance metrics, and shareholder value. Overall, I argue that incorporating these differences in decision-making power has important implications for studies in corporate governance.

Keywords: committee involvement, board committees, board of directors

JEL Classification: G3, G34, G38

Suggested Citation

Kim, Seoyoung, Directors' Decision-Making Involvement on Corporate Boards (March 10, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Seoyoung Kim (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA California 95053
United States

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