Institutional ownership and information transparency: Role of technology intensities and industries

Chung Hao Hsu, Syou Ching Lai, Hung Chih Li

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Information disclosure is a necessary activity in corporate governance; information transparency plays a unique role in corporate governance in the era of knowledge-based economy. Lack of transparency can lead to confusion, misinformation, and distrust. With this in mind, we examine the factors that influence corporate information transparency in terms of two dimensions: technology intensity and institutional ownership. Drawing on data from a 2005-2012 cross-section sample of 1391 public firms evaluated by the official 'information disclosure and transparency ranking system' (IDTRS), we find that increases in domestic institutional ownership for firms in high-tech industries, relative to foreign institutional ownership, lead to a current-year upgrade in information transparency, but not for firms in other industries. We also find that firms with increased foreign institutional ownership and high-tech firms with both increased governmental institutional or corporate ownership and high R&D intensity can sustain a longer-run upgrade in corporate transparency. Pushing further we also investigate whether corporate transparency in high-tech industries is negatively affected if governmental institutional or corporate shareholders are involved in corporate governance, but cannot find strong evidence for such a tendency. Our results suggest that institutional shareholders promote good corporate governance practices which gradually improve at the pace of high technology development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-37
Number of pages12
JournalAsia Pacific Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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