Journal of Management & Governance

, 14:61

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The relation between board size and firm performance in firms with a history of poor operating performance

  • Sofia LarmouAffiliated withBank of Cyprus
  • , Nikos VafeasAffiliated withDepartment and Public and Business Administration, University of Cyprus Email author 

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Focusing on a sample of smaller firms with a history of poor operating performance, this paper posits that increases in board size will be associated with better share price performance. Notably, board sizes studied here are, on average, much smaller than those typically studied by prior research. Mostly consistent with predictions, board size is found to be positively correlated with firm value in between-firms tests, and changes in board size are found to be positively associated with annual stock returns. Last, event study results suggest that the market responds favorably to board size increases and unfavorably to large board size decreases. Together, these results identify a setting in which larger board sizes appear to be positively related to shareholder value.


Board size Firm performance