The authors acknowledge financial support from the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand; and assistance from the Finance and Treasury Association in collecting data. We are very grateful to the impressive group of managers who generously gave their time and skill in completing the surveys and taking part in interviews. We appreciate insightful comments from numerous colleagues, especially Rob Brown, Stephen Brown, Kevin Davis and participants in research seminars at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Melbourne. We are also grateful for detailed comments from the Editor and two anonymous referees who significantly strengthened our argument and conclusions. The usual disclaimer applies.
Narratives in managers’ corporate finance decisions
Version of Record online: 17 AUG 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Accounting and Finance © 2010 AFAANZ
Accounting & Finance
Volume 50, Issue 3, pages 605–633, September 2010
How to Cite
Coleman, L., Maheswaran, K. and Pinder, S. (2010), Narratives in managers’ corporate finance decisions. Accounting & Finance, 50: 605–633. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-629X.2010.00343.x
- Issue online: 17 AUG 2010
- Version of Record online: 17 AUG 2010
- Received 17 July 2009; accepted 27 December 2009 by Robert Faff (Editor).
- Corporate finance;
- Executive decisions;
- Extended case method;
- Risk management;
- Corporate social responsibility
This article uses the extended case method to explore senior executives’ corporate finance decisions. We quantified firm’s finance practices using a mail survey, and then – to resolve puzzles in managers’ decision processes – conducted face-to-face interviews with chief finance officers of large listed firms. The interviews identified six themes as consistent influences on finance decisions: pressures imposed by clienteles; constraints on resources; risk management; heuristics; real options; and sustainability. We conclude that managers are logical and rational in their decisions, but employ a wider range of criteria than assumed in conventional finance theories.