Audit Fees In Family Firms: Evidence From U.S. Listed Companies


Journal of Applied Business Research

2014, vol. 30, n°3, pp.807-815

Départements : Comptabilité et Contrôle de Gestion

Mots clés : Family Firms; Audit Fees; Agency Conflicts; Corporate Governance

Family businesses are an important part of the world economy (Anderson & Reeb, 2003) and differ considerably from non-family firms with regard to corporate governance. However, despite their difference, family businesses have received relatively little research attention. Our study contributes to this growing research by empirically investigating the relationship between family shareholding and audit pricing. Using a sample of 3,291 firm-year observations of major U.S. listed companies, for the 2006–2008 period, our results demonstrate that audit fees are negatively associated with family shareholding after taking into account time-varying effects and industry effects as well as traditional control variables. The empirical results are robust to alternativefamily shareholding measures and estimation model specifications. Our results are consistent with the convergence-of-interests hypothesis suggesting that family firms face lower manager/shareholders agency costs. Auditors charge lower fees for family firms because of lower information asymmetry and risk given that the controlling family is well informed about the firmand is better able to monitor managerial decisions

Behavioral patterns in born-again global firms


Multinational Business Review

2014, vol. 22, n°4, pp.418-441

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise

Mots clés : Born-again global firms, International entrepreneurship, Internationalization behavior, Internationalization theories

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify factors that influence so-called born-again global firms’ internationalization behavior. Specifically, this article explores the following questions: why do mature, domestically focused firms suddenly turn into born-again global firms, how do they do so and what elements are needed for born-again global firms to be sustainable. Design/methodology/approach – Using an established international entrepreneurship model as a starting point, we extract relevant factors for a conceptual framework on born-again global firms’ internationalization activities. Case study research among a cross-sectional sample of born-again global firms is being applied for that purpose. Findings – Driven by the insufficient size of their domestic market, born-again global firms typically embark on internationalization after a generational change at the chief executive officer level. Throughout their internationalization journey, they flexibly adapt toward new needs of their foreign environments. Due to their idiosyncratic characteristics, born-again global firms deserve consideration as a separate group of research objects in the field of international entrepreneurship. Research limitations/implications – The investigated sample of case study firms was drawn across a variety of industries. As such, industry-specific conditions could not be observed and the findings from case study research run the risks of being generalized too broadly. In addition, the accuracy of the case study results may suffer from a certain degree of hindsight bias as the internationalization event took place in the past. Practical implications – Openness to learning from other markets and the flexibility to modify products according to client needs strengthen born-again global firms’ competitiveness. To endure, born-again global firms have to be innovative in adapting to changes, which makes it easier for them to launch their products in new markets. Originality/value – To date, international entrepreneurship has focused on the activities of small and newly established firms, largely neglecting the behavior of somewhat larger and established firms in traditional sectors. This study shows that established companies can exhibit the same innovative, proactive and risk-seeking behavior across borders as new ventures do. Despite their strongly rooted structures, strategies and cultures, born-again globals can flexibly adapt to new environments

Beware of black swans: Taking stock of the description-experience gap in decision under uncertainty


Marketing Letters

septembre 2014, vol. 25, n°3, pp.269-280

Départements : Economie et Sciences de la décision, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Ambiguity, Black swans, Description-based decision making, Fourfold pattern, Probabilistic choices, Risk

Uncertainty pervades most aspects of life. From selecting a new technology to choosing a career, decision makers rarely know in advance the exact outcomes of their decisions. Whereas the consequences of decisions in standard decision theory are explicitly described (the decision from description (DFD) paradigm), the consequences of decisions in the recent decision from experience (DFE) paradigm are learned from experience. In DFD, decision makers typically overrespond to rare events. That is, rare events have more impact on decisions than their objective probabilities warrant (overweighting). In DFE, decision makers typically exhibit the opposite pattern, underresponding to rare events. That is, rare events may have less impact on decisions than their objective probabilities warrant (underweighting). In extreme cases, rare events are completely neglected, a pattern known as the 'Black Swan effect.' This contrast between DFD and DFE is known as a description-experience gap. In this paper, we discuss several tentative interpretations arising from our interdisciplinary examination of this gap. First, while a source of underweighting of rare events in DFE may be sampling error, we observe that a robust description-experience gap remains when these factors are not at play. Second, the residual description-experience gap is not only about experience per se but also about the way in which information concerning the probability distribution over the outcomes is learned in DFE. Econometric error theories may reveal that different assumed error structures in DFD and DFE also contribute to the gap

Business Partnering: Is It All That Good?


Controlling & Management Review

avril 2014, vol. 58, n°2, pp.36-41

Départements : Comptabilité et Contrôle de Gestion

Business sustainability: It is about time


Strategic Organization

février 2014, vol. 12, n°1, pp.70-78

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Business sustainability, short-termism, corporate social responsibility, systems thinking

Sustainability is fast becoming fashionable in strategic management, and yet its meaning is often elusive. Some people restrict sustainability to environmental issues, and others use it synonymously with corporate social responsibility. In this essay, we return to the roots of its original meaning and argue that sustainability requires the consideration of time. Sustainability obliges firms to make intertemporal trade-offs to safeguard intergenerational equity. In this essay, we clarify the meaning of sustainability by showing that the notion of ‘time’ discriminates sustainability from responsibility and other similar concepts. We then argue that the omission of time from most strategic management has contributed to short-termism, which is the bane sustainability. We conclude with directions for future research that will integrate sustainability into strategy and contribute to a world in which both business and society can thrive for generations to come

Capturing Value From Innovations: The Importance of Rent Configurations


Management Decision

mars 2014, vol. 52, n°1, pp.122-143

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise

Mots clés : Innovation, Business strategy

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to devise recommendations for firms to formulate modes of value capture for their product innovations, ex ante. More specifically, the research question is: how can innovators try to maximize, ex ante, the appropriation of the rent they can derive from their innovating projects? Design/methodology/approach – A theoretical framework is developed and proposed to assess modes of value capture of product innovations and two illustrations are provided to show how the framework can work in practice for innovation projects. Findings – This paper presents a practitioner's view based on the development of an original concept of rent configuration and appropriable rent. Research limitations/implications – In terms of research limitations, the possible endogeneity of intellectual property protection and the timing of were not considered. Practical implications – The framework allows a set of predictions regarding modes of value capture for product innovators. Originality/value – The paper's contribution lies in the proposal of an integrative framework based on the concept of rent configuration, separating analytically three dimensions of innovation value, namely volume, profit and duration. This concept allows the authors to present a richer set of recommendations in comparison to previous frameworks, in order to avoid adopting the form of a yes/no decision tree that tends to over simplify the issues at stake. The authors also contemplate not only erosion effects, but also amplification effects on the rent, which constitutes another contribution of this paper.

CEO Optimism and Incentive Compensation


Journal of Financial Economics

novembre 2014, vol. 114, n°2, pp.366-404

Départements : Finance

Mots clés : CEO optimism, Incentive compensation, Compensation contract

I study the effect of chief executive officer (CEO) optimism on CEO compensation. Using data on compensation in US firms, I provide evidence that CEOs whose option exercise behavior and earnings forecasts are indicative of optimistic beliefs receive smaller stock option grants, fewer bonus payments, and less total compensation than their peers. These findings add to our understanding of the interplay between managerial biases and remuneration and show how sophisticated principals can take advantage of optimistic agents by appropriately adjusting their compensation contracts

CEO Pay and Firm Size: An Update After the Crisis

Xavier Gabaix, A. LANDIER, Julien Sauvagnat

Economic Journal

février 2014, vol. 124, n°574, pp.F40-F59

Départements : Finance

In the ‘size of stakes’ view quantitatively formalised in Gabaix and Landier (Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121(1):49–100, 2008), CEO compensation reflects the size of firms affected by talent in a competitive market. The years 2004–11 were not part of the initial study and offer a laboratory to examine the theory with new positive and negative shocks. Executive compensation (measured ex ante) did closely track the evolution of average firm value, supporting the ‘size of stakes’ view out of sample. During 2007–9, firm value decreased by 17%, and CEO pay by 28%. During 2009–11, firm value increased by 19% and CEO pay by 22%

Challengers from within economic institutions: A second-class social movement? A response to Déjean, Giamporcaro, Gond, Leca and Penalva-Icher's comment on French SRI

Diane-Laure ARJALIES

Journal of Business Ethics

août 2014, vol. 123, n°2, pp.257-262

Départements : Comptabilité et Contrôle de Gestion

Mots clés : Institutional change, Mainstreaming, Social movement, Socially responsible investment

In a recent comment made about my paper 'A Social Movement Perspective on Finance: How Socially Responsible Investment Mattered' (J Bus Ethics 92:57-78, 2010), published in this journal, Déjean, Giamporcaro, Gond, Leca and Penalva-Icher (J Bus Ethics 112:205-212, 2013) strongly criticize the social movement perspective adopted on French SRI. They both contest the empirical analysis of the movement and the possibility for insiders to trigger institutional change towards sustainability. This answer aims to address the different concerns raised throughout their comment and illuminate the differences between both approaches. It first explains why SRI in France can be considered as a social movement, despite not being protest-oriented. It then reflects on the dangers of systematically associating societal change with radical activism. It concludes by elaborating on the importance of acknowledging the potential contribution of reformist movements from within the economic institutions to the enhancement of the social good

Choosing a Digital Content Strategy: How Much Should be Free?


International Journal of Research in Marketing

juin 2014, vol. 31, n°2, pp.192-206

Départements : Marketing, GREGHEC (CNRS)

Mots clés : Information Goods, Sampling, Content Pricing, Advertising, Dorfman-Steiner Condition

This paper studies content strategies for online publishers of digital informationgoods. It examines sampling strategies and compares their performance to paidcontent and free content strategies. A sampling strategy, where some of the contentis offered for free and consumers are charged for access to the rest, is knownas a “metered model” in the newspaper industry. We analyze optimal decisionsconcerning the size of the sample and the price of the paid content when samplingserves the dual purpose of disclosing content quality and generating advertisingrevenue. We show in a reduced-form model how the publisher’s optimal ratio ofadvertising revenue to sales revenue is linked to characteristics of both the contentmarket and the advertising market. We assume that consumers learn about contentquality from the free samples in a Bayesian fashion. Surprisingly, we find that itcan be optimal for the publisher to generate advertising revenue by offering freesamples even when sampling reduces both prior quality expectations and contentdemand. In addition, we show that it can be optimal for the publisher to refrainfrom revealing quality through free samples when advertising effectiveness is lowand content quality is high