FIRM-SIZE ELASTICITY OF TOP MANAGEMENT TEAM COMPENSATION IN SAUDI ARABIAN LISTED FIRMS

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Lakshmi Kalyanaraman, Basmah Altuwaijri

DOI:10.22495/cocv14i1c4art12

Abstract

We evaluate the firm-size elasticity of top management team (TMT) compensation with a sample of 80 firms listed in Saudi Arabian stock market. We find that the TMT compensation increases with firm size. The results are found to be robust when the total assets as the firm size measure is altered with other proxies, sales and market value of the firm. We show that the firm size and TMT compensation relationship is same as in the case of all firms sample when the firms are grouped into family firms and nonfamily firms. This finding is in line with the results of the previous studies that analyze the link between CEO compensation and firm size. We conclude that the large firms are willing to pay high compensation not just to their CEOs but also to the entire team at the top.

Keywords: Top Management Team Compensation, Family Firms, Firm Size, Remuneration Policy, Saudi Arabia

How to cite this paper: Kalyanaraman, L., & Altuwaijri, B. (2016). Firm-size elasticity of top management team compensation in Saudi Arabian listed firms. Corporate Ownership & Control, 14(1-4), 656-662. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv14i1c4art12