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Publication date: 18 November 2013

Stefano Dell'Atti, Stefania Sylos Labini and Saverio Morella

The purpose of this research is to contribute to the development of an effective incentive policy implementation model, through an in-depth analysis of the stock option…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to contribute to the development of an effective incentive policy implementation model, through an in-depth analysis of the stock option and/or stock grant schemes adopted by the major Italian banking groups.

Design/methodology/approach

Out of the 77 banking groups operating in Italy on 30 June 2011, The paper selected 12 banking institutions that implemented either stock option or stock grant plans over the years 2007-2010. The documentary analysis was carried out on 22 stock option and/or stock grant schemes and based on the examination of corporate governance reports, as well as information memoranda on incentive plans.

Findings

The results show a limited implementation of equity-based incentive plans in the Italian banking sector during the investigation period (2007-2010) and clearly demonstrates that, as far as these types of incentives are concerned, there is ample room for improvement as well as substantial adjustments.

Research limitations/implications

The research covers a limited period of time. Therefore, further extending the scope of its survey will definitely be of great academic interest in the light of the latest regulatory changes made to the banking sector remuneration regime.

Originality/value

By giving a clear indication of the critical points that should be addressed to improve the policies in force, this research study aims to provide greater knowledge about the remuneration practices adopted by Italian banks, in terms of equity-based incentive plans.

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Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, vol. 5 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4179

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Publication date: 18 November 2013

Bruce Burton

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Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, vol. 5 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-4179

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