The impact of executives’ gender, financial incentives, and shareholder pressure on corporate social and ecological investments

Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research, https://www.springer.com/journal/41471

64 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2020 Last revised: 2 Nov 2021

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Jochen Theis

University of Southern Denmark

Marvin Nipper

University of Duisburg-Essen - Mercator School of Management

Date Written: October 27, 2021

Abstract

Archival research suggests that female executives have an impact on corporate decision-making and generally finds positive associations between female board representation and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance. However, archival research does not reveal why female executives decide differently in the context of CSR. As this is our starting point, we conduct an experiment and examine executives’ decision-making in terms of CSR investment. While female executives seem to be more oriented towards social and ecological practices, we find strong evidence that participants’ real-world incentive program mainly drives their CSR decision-making. We also examine if selected gender-specific character traits (risk propensity, sustainability attitude, and empathy) cause gender differences in executives’ CSR decision-making. In an exploratory analysis, we furthermore show that executives’ risk propensity affects their CSR decision-making conditional on the level of shareholder pressure they face. Our study contributes to the literature on executives’ decision-making and to the CSR literature by enhancing our understanding of determinants of executives’ CSR decision-making.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Ecological Investments, CSR, Executives’ Decision Making, Gender

JEL Classification: M12, M14, M41

Suggested Citation

Theis, Jochen and Nipper, Marvin, The impact of executives’ gender, financial incentives, and shareholder pressure on corporate social and ecological investments (October 27, 2021). Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research, https://www.springer.com/journal/41471, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3505969 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3505969

Jochen Theis

University of Southern Denmark

Universitetsparken 1
DK-6000 Kolding, 6000
Denmark

Marvin Nipper (Contact Author)

University of Duisburg-Essen - Mercator School of Management ( email )

Lotharstraße 65
Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen 47057
Germany
00492033792643 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uni-due.de/rwpc

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