Title page for ETD etd-06062008-154716

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Ellingson, Dee Ann Hetland
URN etd-06062008-154716
Title Board composition and the use of accounting measures :the effect on the relation between CEO compensation and firm performance
Degree PhD
Department Accounting and Information Systems
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brown, Robert M. Committee Chair
Denis, David J. Committee Member
Easterwood, Cintia M. Committee Member
Kumar, Raman Committee Member
Richardson, Frederick M. Committee Member
  • executive compensation
  • board of directors
Date of Defense 1996-04-05
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Boards of directors of corporations have been criticized for failing to effectively perform their roles of ratifying and monitoring managerial decisions, retaining and terminating top management, and evaluating and rewarding executive performance. critics have suggested that increasing the proportion of outside directors on the board increases independence and improves board effectiveness. Research has provided evidence that the composition of the board affects firm performance, the likelihood of chief executive turnover, and the monitoring of important decisions such as the adoption of poison pills and acquisitions. In this study, the effect of the composition of the board on the relationship between executive compensation and firm performance is investigated. The effect of board composition on the types of performance measures, accounting and stock return, used in the payperformance relationship is also examined.

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