PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of the presence of independent board directors on financial performance in India.Design/methodology/approachThis study used panel regression models on large listed Indian firms to investigate the impact on financial performance owing to the presence of independent directors.FindingsThe findings suggest that independent board directors in Indian contexts do not significantly affect financial performance.Practical implicationsThis study has implications for the formulation of regulation related to appointment of independent directors and the extent of their representation on the board for them to be effective.Social implicationsThe proportion of independent directors on the board of the firm is influenced by the trade-off between the cost of having independent directors on the board versus the benefits to the firm and society.Originality/valueThe impact of the presence of an independent director on financial performance in highly concentrated ownership remains ambiguous.
International Journal of Organizational Analysis – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 12, 2018
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