Corporate Financial Control Mechanisms and Firm Performance: The Case of Value-Based Management Systems

28 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2007

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Harley E. Ryan

Georgia State University - Department of Finance

Emery A. Trahan

Northeastern University, Finance Group

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Abstract

We examine the performance of 84 firms that adopt value-based management (VBM) systems during the period 1984-1997. The typical firm significantly improves matched-firm-adjusted residual income after adopting VBM. This improvement persists for the five post-adoption years studied. After controlling for possible sample bias, we find that large firms show less improvement than small firms. We find a negative relation between tying compensation to VBM and post-adoption performance. We also find that firms reduce capital expenditures following VBM adoption, but that the reductions in spending do not differ based on the firms' growth opportunities. Overall, the evidence suggests that VBM improves economic performance and the efficient use of capital.

Suggested Citation

Ryan, Harley E. and Trahan, Emery A., Corporate Financial Control Mechanisms and Firm Performance: The Case of Value-Based Management Systems. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Vol. 34, Nos. 1-2, pp. 111-138, January/March 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=966491 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5957.2006.00660.x

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Emery A. Trahan

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