Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19480
Title: An empirical study on the relationship between ownership and performance in a family-based corporate environment
Authors: Ng, CYM
Issue Date: 2005
Source: Journal of accounting, auditing and finance, 2005, v. 20, no. 2, p. 121-146 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance 
Abstract: This study examines the relationship between family ownership and firm performance in a family-based corporate environment in which managerial ownership is used as a proxy for family ownership. The relationship is in cubic form with a pattern of "entrenchment-alignment-entrenchment," which is the reverse of that found in earlier U.S. and U.K. studies. This confirms that research based on U.S. and U.K. evidence is not applicable to East-Asian corporations due to the differences in ownership concentration. Taking the endogeneity issue into consideration, the simultaneous equations regression analysis confirms that in a family-owned corporate structure, ownership affects performance and not vice versa. The wide range of alignment in the nonmonotonic relationship supports the classical "convergence of interest" hypothesis. However, at a very high level of ownership, the entrenchment effect becomes dominant. This indicates that if the family form of ownership can be controlled and made use of appropriately, firm performance can be optimized due to convergence of interest. It also follows that a company with high ownership concentration should pay even more attention to improving corporate governance practices in order to enhance its performance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19480
ISSN: 0148-558X
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