How does board structure impact on firm performance in the UK?

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Ahmad Alqatan ORCID logo, Imad Chbib ORCID logo, Khaled Hussainey ORCID logo

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The aim of this paper is to examine whether or not the structure of the board of directors and, in particular, board size, independence and remuneration have an impact on firm performance. The sample examined is UK FTSE 100 non-financial companies using data from the period 2012 to 2015. A regression analysis has been used concluding a significant positive correlation between board remuneration and firm performance, namely Return on Assets and Tobin’s Q. The study also concluded a positive correlation between board size and ROA, and between board independence and Tobin’s Q. Additionally, a significant negative correlation between the control variables (i.e. company size and industry) and Return on Assets.

Keywords: Corporate Governance Code (CGC), Board Structure, Board Size, Board Independence, Board Remuneration, Return on Assets (ROA), Tobin’s Q (TQ), UK

JEL Classification: G38, G21, L25, J53

Received: 05.03.2019
Accepted: 06.05.2019
Published online: 31.05.2019

How to cite this paper: Alqatan, A., Chbib, I., & Hussainey, K. (2019). How does board structure impact on firm performance in the UK? Corporate Board: Role, Duties and Composition, 15(2), 18-27.