Dollars and sense: The implications of CEO compensation for organizational performance
Crafting a compensation package for an organization's chief executive officer (CEO) that will help the firm maximize its performance is a vexing challenge for a board of directors. Management theory offers boards several practical hints. A board can put its CEO and the firm in the best position to be successful by (1) creating strong incentives for the CEO to act in the firm's best interest at all times; (2) benchmarking a CEO's performance and compensation relative to that of very high performing CEOs in the industry; (3) diagnosing and responding to CEOs' feelings about equity relative to their peers; (4) paying a CEO with uniquely valuable knowledge, skills, and ability at the top of the market; (5) offering retention incentives if a proven performer with unique skills is leading a company; (6) resisting the temptation to simply mimic the compensation packages that work for leading firms; and (7) considering candidates' social ties when recruiting a new CEO.
CEO compensation, corporate governance, organizational performance, board of directors
Davis, Shelley A., Jason D. DeBode, and David J. Ketchen Jr. "Dollars and sense: The implications of CEO compensation for organizational performance." Business Horizons 56, no. 5 (2013): 537-542.