Public services impact on the citizens’ lives, especially in the case they are delivered by totally publicly-owned (TPO) utilities, that are funded by public money. This highlights the relevance of performance management in totally publicly-owned utilities from which derives the research aim that is to investigate elements that can influence their financial performance, with a specific attention on governance. We focus on a sample of all the utilities (116) wholly owned by the Italian capitals of the provinces for the years 2008-2017 (n. 1,350 observations). Applying the Generalized Least Square (GLS) method, the analysis results allow us to conclude that: the female presence and political orientation of the Board of Director do not impact on the totally publicly-owned utilities’ performance, while size variables differently impact. Political implications (potential disconnection between ownership strategies and Board of Director choices; possibility of a joint management of public services by more municipalities expanding corporate governance) and managerial implications (recruitment strategy, management control system supporting corporate governance) are highlighted. The limit of the work is also identified in the conclusion.

Totally Publicly-Owned (TPO) Utilities and Financial Performance: What is the role of some aspects of governance? / F. De Matteis, A. Tafuro, F. Striani, D. Preite. - In: MANAGEMENT CONTROL. - ISSN 2239-0391. - 2023:3(2023), pp. 1-24. [10.3280/MACO2023-003002]

Totally Publicly-Owned (TPO) Utilities and Financial Performance: What is the role of some aspects of governance?

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Public services impact on the citizens’ lives, especially in the case they are delivered by totally publicly-owned (TPO) utilities, that are funded by public money. This highlights the relevance of performance management in totally publicly-owned utilities from which derives the research aim that is to investigate elements that can influence their financial performance, with a specific attention on governance. We focus on a sample of all the utilities (116) wholly owned by the Italian capitals of the provinces for the years 2008-2017 (n. 1,350 observations). Applying the Generalized Least Square (GLS) method, the analysis results allow us to conclude that: the female presence and political orientation of the Board of Director do not impact on the totally publicly-owned utilities’ performance, while size variables differently impact. Political implications (potential disconnection between ownership strategies and Board of Director choices; possibility of a joint management of public services by more municipalities expanding corporate governance) and managerial implications (recruitment strategy, management control system supporting corporate governance) are highlighted. The limit of the work is also identified in the conclusion.
Totally publicly-owned utilities; Financial performance; Corporate governance; Public management
Settore SECS-P/07 - Economia Aziendale
2023
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