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Executive compensation: the role of Shari'a compliance

Executive compensation: the role of Shari'a compliance Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to illuminate issues surrounding executive compensation as it relates to current understandings of Islamic business law. Design/methodology/approach – The emerging bodies of literature in the fields of executive compensation and opinions of stock options under Shari'a law are reviewed. Findings – It appears that the trend in offering employee stock options as part of a Shari'a compliant compensation package is acceptable in most cases, yet because of its close association with the more problematic idea of derivative transactions, the company must be vigilant in obtaining the approval from its Shari'a Standards Board before offering it as part of an overall compensation package. Research limitations/implications – Existing quantitative data in this area are limited. Given the qualitative, exploratory nature of the design, generalizability is not as robust as other designs. Practical implications – The paper makes recommendations about the inclusion of employee stock options as part of a Shari'a compliant executive compensation package. Originality/value – This paper advances the extant literature on the ethics of executive compensation in general as well as adding to the extant literature on Shari'a compliance of executive compensation packages. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-8394
DOI
10.1108/17538391111166449
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to illuminate issues surrounding executive compensation as it relates to current understandings of Islamic business law. Design/methodology/approach – The emerging bodies of literature in the fields of executive compensation and opinions of stock options under Shari'a law are reviewed. Findings – It appears that the trend in offering employee stock options as part of a Shari'a compliant compensation package is acceptable in most cases, yet because of its close association with the more problematic idea of derivative transactions, the company must be vigilant in obtaining the approval from its Shari'a Standards Board before offering it as part of an overall compensation package. Research limitations/implications – Existing quantitative data in this area are limited. Given the qualitative, exploratory nature of the design, generalizability is not as robust as other designs. Practical implications – The paper makes recommendations about the inclusion of employee stock options as part of a Shari'a compliant executive compensation package. Originality/value – This paper advances the extant literature on the ethics of executive compensation in general as well as adding to the extant literature on Shari'a compliance of executive compensation packages.

Journal

International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 30, 2011

Keywords: Executive compensation; Stock options; Shari'a compliance; Ethics; Islamic finance

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