Whistle Blowing, Forced CEO Turnover and Misconduct: The Role of Socially Minded Employees and Directors
Management Science, Vol. 66, Issue 1, 2020
48 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2013 Last revised: 6 Feb 2020
Date Written: October 2, 2018
We examine the response of prosocial employees and boards of directors to corporate misconduct. We develop several proxies for the presence of prosocial employees and directors, based on the density of social networks and social capital in the county of the firms’ headquarters and companies’ relevant Corporate Social Responsibility ratings. We document that proxies for prosocial employees and directors are associated with an increase in whistle blowing and forced CEO turnover in a sample of firms that engage in misconduct. The higher expected cost of misconduct in firms with prosocial employees is associated with a lower likelihood of misconduct. Our findings highlight the role of non-financial imperatives of employees and directors in mitigating misconduct.
JEL Classification: G30, G34
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