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Women on corporate boards and allocation of capital raised through IPOs

Bazeet Olayemi Badru (School of Economics, Finance and Banking, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Nurwati A. Ahmad-Zaluki (Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Wan Nordin Wan-Hussin (Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 11 September 2018

Issue publication date: 26 February 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the differences in men and women, such as risk aversion in decision making, can influence the amount of capital that the board of directors can allocate for investment opportunities.

Design/methodology/approach

This study sampled 212 IPOs over the period of 2005–2015 and employed the OLS and the quantile regression techniques to examine the impact of female directors on capital allocation.

Findings

The results show that women on corporate boards have a positive influence on the amount of capital an IPO company can allocate for investment opportunities. These findings suggest that the investment strategies of women in an emerging financial market, like Malaysia, may differ from women in other financial markets.

Practical implications

The presence of women on corporate boards plays an important role in board involvement in a company’s strategic decision at the time of the IPO. Therefore, regulators and IPO issuers should pay close attention to the corporate governance structure of a company at the time of an IPO. In addition, investors and other stakeholders of a company may consider women on corporate boards as an important factor in financing and investment decisions.

Originality/value

Despite several studies that have examined the influence of women on corporate boards on corporate outcomes, globally, the presence of women on corporate boards and their influence on corporate decision-making related to allocation of capital to investment opportunities, have not been fully explored in the IPO literature.

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Citation

Badru, B.O., Ahmad-Zaluki, N.A. and Wan-Hussin, W.N. (2019), "Women on corporate boards and allocation of capital raised through IPOs", Management Decision, Vol. 57 No. 3, pp. 547-568. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-11-2017-1121

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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