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Can ESOs improve firm performance: a Malaysian case study

Choi, Sang Long and Gondyah, Mahanra Rao and Ajagbe, Akintunde Musibau (2013) Can ESOs improve firm performance: a Malaysian case study. Information Management & Business Review, 5 (3). pp. 119-128. ISSN 2220-3796



This paper examines the impact of employee share option schemes (ESOs) on one company in Malaysia. It is hoped that the findings of this study will be useful to companies who wish to adopt such schemes and to market regulators. The financial and operational indicators were studied for a total period of 11 years (five pre-ESOs and five post ESOs). In line with the findings of other studies done in Malaysia, Singapore and other countries, it has been found that the deterioration in financial performance was not arrested by ESOs. The operation and productivity of the company showed no improvement post-ESOs. This study concludes that ESOs do not motivate employees and the objectives of the ESOs were not fulfilled. This study also finds that the beneficiaries of ESOs are the majority shareholders/managers and the losers are the minority shareholders. Based on these results, it will be difficult to make a case for the usefulness of ESOs.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:employee share option schemes (ESOs), financial performance, shareholders
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
ID Code:40438
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:14 Aug 2014 03:07
Last Modified:31 Mar 2019 08:31

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