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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship


Twila Mae Logan Scott

Committee Member

Rebecca Abraham

Committee Member

Carole Ann Creque


The focus of this study is twofold: first to determine the impact of agency costs on firm performance, measured using operating expenses to sales ratio and total asset turnover ratio, for Greenfield firms (private to public) and Heritage firms (spin-offs of already public companies) types of initial public offerings after one and five years; second to compare the performance, as measured market to book value per share, of Greenfield and Heritage firms after one and five years. Thus addressing the question of whether initial differences between Greenfield and Heritage firms at the time of the IPO are evident after one and five years. The results showed that Heritage firms have a significantly lower expenses/sales ratio one year after the IPO. The study confirmed that after five years Greenfield firms would have similar expense/sales ratio and show similar performance to Heritage firms.

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