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Understanding the Interplay Between Boards, Executives, and Company Performance

Wharton Customer Analytics is delighted to announce an exciting new dataset from Equilar, an executive compensation research company http://www.equilar.com. The dataset includes information on the executive leadership and board membership of over 9,000 companies and more than 125,000 individuals. Also included are 13 years of executive/board changes and biographies of key individuals. Additionally, there are dozens of variables concerning company characteristics and various board perquisites. Extensive lists of self-identified peer companies are available as well. Finally, details on executive compensation and equity plans, including changes over time, are part of this comprehensive dataset.

Equilar is open to proposals of any area using this data, but potential research could explore:
  •  Board composition or compensation as they might impact company performance
  •  Composition of boards over time, including forecasting board changes
  •  Executive compensation and what impact various vehicles, incentives, and distribution might have on long-term shareholder value
  •  Histories or activities of individual board members and contribution to board composition
  •  Optimal board composition for different stages of company lifecycle
  •  Existence or evolution of networks of boards and board members
  •  Comparison of equity plans and relationship of plans to shareholder value
  •  Peer identification analysis

Note: This Research Opportunity is closed for proposal submissions.

Research Teams

Grantees awarded data:

Understanding the Interplay between Boards, CEOs, Innovations and Firm Performance

Shuba Srinivasan, Boston University
Nooshin Lotfi, Texas A&M University
Alina Sorescu ,Texas A&M University

Public Scrutiny and Executive Compensation: The Peer Effects of Say on Pay Failures

Mingfeng Lin, University of Arizona
Yu-Kai Lin, University of Arizona

Peer Group Selection: An Analysis of Mutual Peer Designation Behavior

Jee Eun Shin, Harvard Business School

The Effect of Director Network Structure on Monitoring Management, Firm Performance and Firm Value: An Empirical Investigation

Ramkumar Janakiraman, Texas A&M University
Adrienne Rhodes, Texas A&M University

Networks of Directors and their Impact on Firms Performance

Carlos Ramirez, Carnegie Mellon University
Bryan Routledge, Carnegie Mellon University
R. Ravi, Carnegie Mellon University
Ronghuo Zheng, Carnegie Mellon University

The Impact of Advertising on Labor Markets: Does Advertising Attract Better Employees?

Yanhao Wei, University of Pennsylvania
Qing Gong, University of Pennsylvania
Pinar Yildirim, University of Pennsylvania

Director Compensation, Board Composition, and Life-Cycle of Firms

Barbara Bliss, University of San Diego/ Florida State University
Yingmei Cheng, Florida State University

Influence and Board Interlocked Firms on the Imporance of Marketing in the Corporation

Rajdeep Grewal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Frank Germann, University of Notre Dame
Peter Ebbes, HEC Paris

The Effects of Managerial Discretion on Firm Risk-Taking and Organizational Performance

Jennifer Sexton, West Virginia University
B. Parker Ellen III, Northeastern University
Jeffery Smith, Florida State University

Board Committee Composition and Firm Performance

Andy Wu, University of Pennsylvania
Kevin Chen, University of Pennsylvania