Quick Guides

These quick guides provide a concise introduction to corporate governance concepts by combining descriptions, data, and research in a format that is easily digestible.

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

Corporate governance has become a well-discussed and controversial topic among corporations, shareholders, and the general public. However, the debate…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

The governance system that a company adopts is not independent of its environment. Instead, it is shaped by a variety of factors inherent to the…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

The board of directors plays a central role in the corporate governance system. All countries require that publicly listed companies have a board…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
April2020

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on board composition, quality, and turnover. It reviews the evidence of:


  • T…
David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

The board of directors is generally described in terms of its prominent structural attributes, including size, composition, and independence. This…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
September2018

This Data Spotlight provides data and statistics on the attributes of boards of directors of publicly traded companies in the United States. This data…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
November2015

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on whether companies with an independent chairman of the board exhibit better…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
November2015

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on outside (non-executive) directors and directors who are independent according…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
April2016

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the research literature on whether companies with diverse boards (in terms of background, gender, or…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

One of the primary responsibilities of the board of directors is to monitor the strategy and risk of the corporation. This Quick Guide provides a…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

The board of directors is responsible for ensuring that correct management is in place to run the organization. This includes hiring, evaluating, and…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
September2018

This Quick Guide provides data and statistics on the attributes of the CEOs and CEO succession events at publicly traded companies in the United…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
September2016

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on relation between CEO performance and turnover. It reviews the evidence of:

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
October2016

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on internal and external CEOs. It reviews the evidence of:


  • Trends in…
David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
September2016

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on the influence that CEOs have on company outcomes (performance and risk). It…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

A company offer a competitive compensation arrangement in order to attract, retain, and motivate a qualified CEO to manage the organization.


This…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
January2019

This Data Spotlight provides data and statistics on the level and structure of CEO compensation in the United States. This data supplements in the…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
March2017

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on CEO pay levels in the United States. It reviews the evidence of:


  • Long…
David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
2016

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on how shareholder voting on executive compensation plans influences executive…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

A company offers equity incentives to encourage CEOs to take actions that are in the interest of shareholders. At the same time, equity incentives…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
April2017

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on the impact of equity ownership on firm performance and agency problems:


David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
2015

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on how equity compensation influences CEO risk taking. It reviews the evidence…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

The board of directors is responsible for ensuring the integrity of published financial statements. This includes working with management to set the…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

The board of directors might decide it is in the best interest of shareholders to sell the corporation to new owners. In theory, a change in control…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
2015

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on how golden parachute payments influence CEO incentives to pursue mergers and…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
September2015

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on how staggered boards impact shareholder value by insulating management from…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

Shareholders exert influence over the corporation through the board of directors and the proxy voting process. While indirect, this influence can be…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
January2019

This Data Spotlight provides data and statistics on shareholder activism and the market for corporate control. This data supplements the issues…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
November2017

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on shareholder activism, including:

  • The impact of union activism on corporate…
David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
August2017

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on the role of proxy advisors in the proxy voting process:


 


This Research…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
September2020

Other organizational structures exist besides public corporations. Examples include family-controlled businesses, venture-backed companies, private…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2019

This Data Spotlight provides data and statistics on the venture capital industry and the governance of pre-IPO companies in the United States. This…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series
2020

There has been tremendous pressure on companies to satisfy stakeholder considerations as part of their long-term planning and governance. This…

David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
March2019

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities including:


  • The…
David F. Larcker Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series
March2019

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on how dual-class share structures influence firm value and corporate governance…

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