Who Disciplines Management in Poorly Performing Companies?

Posted: 27 Apr 2000

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Julian R. Franks

London Business School - Institute of Finance and Accounting; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Colin Mayer

University of Oxford - Said Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Luc Renneboog

Tilburg University - Department of Finance; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

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Abstract

Who disciplines management of poorly performing firms? Four parties are considered: existing holders of large blocks of shares, investors acquiring new shareholdings, creditors and non-executive directors. This paper reports a comparative evaluation of the role of all four parties using a large sample of UK companies. Like the US, we find that there is a high level of executive board turnover in poorly performing companies but, contrary to US evidence, outside directors perform a weak disciplinary function and most outside owners of large share blocks exert little influence. Financial factors are important in the disciplining of management: high board turnover is closely linked to high levels of debt and to new equity finance in the form of distressed rights issues.

JEL Classification: G34

Suggested Citation

Franks, Julian R. and Mayer, Colin and Renneboog, Luc, Who Disciplines Management in Poorly Performing Companies? (Undated). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=218653

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Colin Mayer

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Luc Renneboog

Tilburg University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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