The Value of Corporate Culture: Relationships Among Values, Industry, and Performance
Empirical Research in Banking and Corporate Finance
ISBN: 978-1-78973-398-3, eISBN: 978-1-78973-397-6
Publication date: 12 September 2022
Using corporate value statements of the top Fortune 300 firms for the year 2012, we examine relationships among the stated values of these companies, their industries, and their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance measures. We classify stated values into 21 broad categories. We find that corporate values exhibit strong industry affiliations. Correspondence analysis and regression models indicate that 19 out of 21 values are related to at least one performance measure and while some values are associated with improved performance (e.g., ethics), others (e.g., safety) have a negative impact. Further, while some values have the anticipated impact on performance (e.g., the shareholder value is positively associated with financial performance), some show no relationship (e.g., the environment value is not associated with environmental performance). Finally, our findings also suggest possible CSR washing in some cases. Overall, the study finds corporate values do affect their performance.
Koch, B., Gondhalekar, V. and Picard, J. (2022), "The Value of Corporate Culture: Relationships Among Values, Industry, and Performance", Ferris, S.P., John, K. and Makhija, A.K. (Ed.) Empirical Research in Banking and Corporate Finance (Advances in Financial Economics, Vol. 21), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1569-373220220000021001
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