Effect of board size and promoter ownership on firm value: some empirical findings from India

Naveen Kumar (Research Scholar in the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India)
J.P. Singh (Professor in the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Publication date: 15 February 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of corporate board size and promoter ownership on firm value for selected Indian companies.

Design/methodology/approach

The study analyses the corporate governance structure of 176 Indian firms listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange using linear regression analysis.

Findings

The empirical findings show a negative relationship of board size with firm value and significant positive association of promoter ownership with corporate performance. The study suggests that only above a critical ownership level of 40 percent does promoter's interest become aligned with that of the company, resulting in positive effect on firm value.

Research limitations/ implications

The research has been limited to some selected Indian companies, with focus only on board size and promoter ownership as predictor variables. The study suggests that corporate governance reforms in India and introduction of non‐executive independent directors to the board have resulted in diminishing effect of board size on the firm value.

Practical implications

The study implies that for emerging economies like India, it is practical to have greater ownership control by promoters to enhance company value. Also, it is not advisable to have a board size above certain limit.

Originality/value

The paper adds to existing literature on corporate governance by establishing a relationship between firm performance and board size and promoter ownership.

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Citation

Kumar, N. and Singh, J. (2013), "Effect of board size and promoter ownership on firm value: some empirical findings from India", Corporate Governance, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 88-98. https://doi.org/10.1108/14720701311302431

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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