Reprimanding sanction, management demography and turnover : evidence from a transitional economy

Tsz Wan Cheng, T.Y. Leung

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic research


The literature shows the importance of top management and board characteristics on firm performance. We extend this literature by examining top management turnover for financially distressed firms. China has a unique sanction rule,which publicly labels financially distressed listed firms to provide the market with a warning signal. Controlling for board characteristics and governance, we evaluate how relational management demography affects turnover of financially distressed firms in China.Our results first show that the demographic characteristics of top management for distressed firms differ from those of normal firms. Second, management turnover is positively related to financial distress. Finally, we show that
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-34
Number of pages32
JournalInternational review of accounting, banking, and finance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Corporate governance
  • Management demography
  • Reprimanding sanction
  • Scapegoat
  • Turnover


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