Board control and ceo compensation

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The board of directors has been identified as a key internal control mechanism for setting CEO compensation. Theory suggests that CEOs will attempt to circumvent board control in an effort to maximize salary. This hypothesis was tested using a sample of 193 firms in a cross‐section of industries. Corporate governance literature was reviewed to develop a multiple indicator measure of board control. Although, as hypothesized, CEO salaries were greater in firms with lower levels of control, CEO compensation was not significantly related to firm size or profitability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-344
Number of pages10
JournalStrategic Management Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Boards of directors
  • agency theory
  • executive compensation
  • strategy implementation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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