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Active Involvement of Private Equity Firms in Portfolio Companies and its Performance Effects

Finance and Strategy

ISBN: 978-1-78350-493-0, eISBN: 978-1-78350-494-7

ISSN: 0742-3322

Publication date: 19 September 2014


We investigate whether active involvement of private equity firms in their portfolio companies during the holding period of a later-stage private equity investment is related to increased levels in operating performance of these companies. Our analysis of unique survey data on 267 European buyouts and secondary performance data on 29 portfolio companies using partial least squares structural equation modeling indicates that private equity firms, that is, their board representatives, can increase operating performance not only by monitoring the behavior of top managers of portfolio companies, but also by becoming involved in strategic decisions and supporting top managers through the provision of strategic resources. Strategic resources, in particular expertise and networks, provided by private equity firm representatives in the form of financial and strategic involvement are associated with increases in the financial performance and competitive prospects of portfolio companies. Operational involvement, however, is not related to changes in operating performance. In addition to empirical insights into the different types of involvement and their effects, this chapter contributes to the buyout literature by providing support for the suggested broadening of the theoretical discussion beyond the dominant perspective of agency theory through developing and testing a complementary resource-based view of involvement. This allows taking into account not only the monitoring, but also the more entrepreneurial supporting element of involvement by private equity firms.



Landau, C. (2014), "Active Involvement of Private Equity Firms in Portfolio Companies and its Performance Effects", Finance and Strategy (Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 31), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 185-229.



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