Board turnover in Taiwan's public firms : An empirical study

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059-1086
Journal / PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Volume30
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Using a data set of 220 Taiwanese public firms with 2,200 observations over a ten-year period representing Taiwan's economic takeoff period in the late 1990s, as well as six follow-up interviews conducted with top managers several years hence, this research examines the propensity of an important change variable for firms: the turnover of boards of directors. Specifically, it examines the relationship between board turnover and the organization's environment, firm performance, and the largest shareholder's control during a key period of economic transition and growth for Taiwan. The results show that substantial changes in board composition, though still not especially common in Taiwan, do occur, even in closely held companies. Turnover in the board is negatively related to the largest shareholder's control power as well as firm performance. Board changes however, are not related to the environmental munificence and dynamism. These results are rather consistent with related research on firms in ethnic Chinese communities which suggests that top management and board turnover while not common, does sometimes occur, and more recent institutional and industrial change in Taiwan is likely encouraging further governance reform. This has implications for important facets of firm governance and change, as well as expanding our knowledge about firms domiciled in an ethnic Chinese community, particularly during times of economic transition and growth. Follow-up interviews with four top managers from our sample, along with one consultant and one government official in Taiwan provided additional confirmation and clarification of our results. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Research Area(s)

  • Board of directors, Corporate governance, Culture, Ethnic Chinese firms, Institutional theory, Organizational change, Taiwan

Citation Format(s)

Board turnover in Taiwan's public firms : An empirical study. / Liu, Yunshi; Wang, Linda C.; Zhao, Li; Ahlstrom, David.

In: Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Vol. 30, No. 4, 12.2013, p. 1059-1086.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review