Board Characteristics and Company Performance: Evidence from Nigeria
Journal of Finance and Accounting
Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2014, Pages: 81-89
Received: May 9, 2014; Accepted: Jun. 3, 2014; Published: Jun. 20, 2014
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Edem Okon Akpan, Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok Kedah, Malaysia
Noor Afza Amran, School of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok Kedah, Malaysia
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Abstract
This study examines the relationship between board characteristics and company performance (measured by turnover) in Nigeria. The study uses multiple regression technique on 90 sampled firms from the main board of Nigerian Stock Exchange from 2010 to 2012. The empirical evidence shows that board size and board education are positively and significantly related to company performance. While there is no relationship between board equity, board independence, and board age. Also, this study evidences a negative significant between board women and turnover. Their appointment is window dressing as the percentage is too small for meaningful positive effect on company performance. Based on this finding, the study recommends legislation mandating companies listed on Nigerian Stock Exchange to appoint at least 30 to 35% of women on the board of directors.
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Corporate Governance, Board Characteristics, Company Performance, Nigeria
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Edem Okon Akpan, Noor Afza Amran, Board Characteristics and Company Performance: Evidence from Nigeria, Journal of Finance and Accounting. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2014, pp. 81-89. doi: 10.11648/j.jfa.20140203.17
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