Title: The role of board chair in the relationship between board human capital and firm performance

Authors: Carol Yeh-Yun Lin, Yu-Chen Wei, Ming-Hsueh Chen

Addresses: Department of Business Administration; College of Commerce, National Chengchi University, 64, Sec. 2, Zhi-nan Rd., Wenshan, Taipei 11605, Taiwan. ' Department of Business Administration, College of Management, Ming-Chuan University, 250 Zhong Shan N. Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei 111, Taiwan. ' Department of International Business, College of Management, National Taiwan University, No.1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 106, Taiwan

Abstract: This study aims to investigate the moderating effect of the board chair|s role on the relationship between board human capital and firm performance. Board human capital has been regarded as a valuable asset that enhances firm performance. Especially, the board chair plays a crucial role in developing this high-echelon human capital. This study utilises a set of longitudinal data to examine 275 firms in Taiwan. The result indicates that board human capital is positively related to firm performance, and the individual human capital of the board chair represents a moderating effect on the relationship between board human capital and performance.

Keywords: human capital; board chairs; board of directors; firm performance; corporate governance; business governance; Taiwan.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBGE.2006.011161

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2006 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.329 - 340

Published online: 19 Oct 2006 *

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