Board Network Characteristics and Firm Performance in Korea

9 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2005

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Yangmin Kim

Sogang University - College of Business Administration

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of board of directors' network characteristics on firm performance using a sample of 199 large, publicly traded Korean companies from 1990 through 1999. Two board network characteristics are discussed, namely: board network density and board external social capital. Board network density is defined as the extensiveness or the cohesiveness of contact among the members of board of directors, and board external social capital refers to the degree to which board members have outside contacts in the external environment. The test results suggest that a moderate level of board network density enhances firm value, while too cohesive a board network destroys it. It is also found that board members elite school networks were positively associated with firm performance.

Keywords: corporate governance, board roles, board networks, firm performance, Korean

Suggested Citation

Kim, Yangmin, Board Network Characteristics and Firm Performance in Korea. Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 800-808, November 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=856654 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8683.2005.00471.x

Yangmin Kim (Contact Author)

Sogang University - College of Business Administration ( email )

Seoul 121-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
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