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The Impact of Board Diversity on Corporate Performance: New Evidence from Southeast Europe

Filip Fidanoski, Kiril Simeonovski and Vesna Mateska

A chapter in Corporate Governance in the US and Global Settings, 2014, vol. 17, pp 81-123 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract Many organizations around the world currently are facing board diversity issues and challenges. Hence, this empirical paper investigates the relationship between board diversity and firm’s financial performance. We use a sample of 35 companies from five countries in Southeast Europe (Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Greece) for the period between 2008 and 2012 to find that, on average, companies with well-educated board members are more profitable and overvalued on the market. When running the regression again to test the levels of heterogeneity, we also find that the companies with more women on board tend to be overvalued on the market, while those with more foreigners on board are subject of undervaluation. The paper mostly contributes to the literature on corporate governance and board diversity. First, we postulate the impact of each of the board diversity variables on the financial performance and then show the extent of this impact and its economic interpretation. Our findings have important practitioners’ implications for corporate regulators and policy-makers since the demonstrated positive impact of the well-educated board members on firm’s financial performance gives a new impetus in building a corporate strategy that will intend to engage more people holding PhD on board.

Keywords: Corporate performance; developing countries; educational diversity; foreigners on board; gender diversity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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