Changes in Corporate Governance: Externally Dictated vs. Organically Determined

Several major corporate scandals in the United States during the early 2000s brought attention to corporate governance of large U.S. companies. As a result, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced several regulations aimed at restoring public confidence in the governance of public corporations. While significant research has been conducted on the relation between corporate governance and firm performance, there is no agreement yet on whether changes in governance structure are beneficial for companies and improve firm performance, especially when the changes are dictated by regulation.

The main question is whether mandatory rather … Read more