The effects of CEO pay structure on corporate social performance

John R. Deckop, Kimberly Merriman, Gupta Shurti

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Corporate social performance (CSP) is increasingly viewed as an important business outcome by researchers, investors, and society as a whole. Furthermore, empirical research indicates that CSP is positively related to corporate financial performance. These considerations lead to the question of whether CEO pay is properly structured to provide incentive to the CEO to improve firm CSP. In a sample of 313 firms, the authors found that a short-term CEO pay focus was negatively related to CSP, whereas a long-term focus was positively related to CSP. Implications of these results for future research and CEO pay design are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-342
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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