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Top Executives, Turnover, and Firm Performance in Germany

Steven N. Kaplan
Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization
Vol. 10, No. 1 (Apr., 1994), pp. 142-159
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/764817
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

This article examines executive turnover--for both management and supervisory boards--and its relation to firm performance in the largest companies in Germany in the 1980s. Turnover of the management board increases significantly with poor stock performance and particularly poor (i.e., negative) earnings, but is unrelated to sales growth and earnings growth. These turnover-performance relations do not vary with measures of stock ownership and bank voting power. Supervisory board appointments and turnover also increase with poor stock performance, but are unrelated to other measures of performance.

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