Gender, Connections, and Social Responsibility: Implications for M&A and Compensation
Contributor(s)Shelton, Austin (author)
Javakhadze, David (Thesis advisor)
Garcia-Feijoo, Luis (Thesis advisor)
Florida Atlantic University (Degree grantor)
College of Business
Department of Finance
KeywordsCorporate social responsibility
Social responsibility of business
Mergers and corporate policy
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AbstractIn this work I investigate how executive social connections and executive gender diversity dually affect firm Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a set of firm policies implemented to benefit the social, economic, and environmental welfare of all stakeholders, and how the changes in CSR driven by executive social connections and executive gender diversity in turn affect a range of corporate policies. This research adds to the social networks, gender, and CSR literature within finance in multiple ways. First, while much past work examines the impact on corporate policy of executive gender or executive social connections in isolation, no major work to date examines the impact of gender dependent executive social connections on corporate policy. Second, this work definitively ties the dual effects of executive gender diversity and social connections to firm CSR. The dual impact of social connections and gender diversity on CSR is shown to affect major corporate policies. In all, this work provides evidence that CSR helps drive important firm polices, including M&A and executive compensation policy, and that CSR is impacted by both a firm’s executive gender diversity and social network connections.
Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2019.
FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation