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Sustaining the buyout governance model: inside secondary management buyout boards

Jelic, R., Zhou, D. ORCID: and Wright, M. (2019) Sustaining the buyout governance model: inside secondary management buyout boards. British Journal of Management, 30 (1). pp. 30-52. ISSN 1467-8551

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We examine the impact of private equity (PE) directors and their human capital on operating performance in a unique hand collected sample of 200 secondary management buyouts (SMBOs) during 2000-2015. We show that PE directors’ human capital tends to play statistically and economically important role in performance. Financial (rather than operational) experience of PE directors in acquiring PE firms tends to have a substantial impact on post-SMBO profitability while high level business education is especially important in post-SMBO growth performance enhancement. Complementary expertise, provided by directors in buying and selling PE firms, plays an important role only in post-SMBO growth improvements. Overall, our results provide evidence that governance benefits of the buyout model tend not to be exhausted in the primary buyout stage but the effects depend on the nature of PE directors’ human capital resource. Our study therefore adds to growing evidence on how ownership and life-cycle nature of firms affect sustainability of boards fulfilling their roles. The results are robust to sample selection bias, different types of PE firms and different measures of human capital.

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Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
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