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How Firms Respond to Mandatory Information Disclosure


Anil Doshi


Harvard Business School

Glen Dowell


Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management

Michael W. Toffel


Harvard Business School (HBS) - Technology & Operations Management Unit

June 22, 2012

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 12-001

Abstract:     
Mandatory information disclosure regulations seek to create institutional pressure to spur performance improvement. By examining how organizational characteristics moderate establishments’ responses to a prominent environmental information disclosure program, we provide among the first empirical evidence characterizing heterogeneous responses by those mandated to disclose information. We find particularly rapid improvement among establishments located close to their headquarters and among establishments with proximate siblings, especially when the proximate siblings are in the same industry. Large establishments improve more slowly than small establishments in sparse regions, but both groups improve similarly in dense regions, suggesting that density mitigates the power of large establishments to resist institutional pressures. Finally, privately held firms’ establishments outperform those owned by public firms. We highlight implications for institutional theory, managers, and policymakers.

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Keywords: information disclosure, institutional theory, environmental strategy, mandatory disclosure, environmental performance

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Date posted: July 6, 2011 ; Last revised: June 28, 2012

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Doshi, Anil and Dowell, Glen and Toffel, Michael W., How Firms Respond to Mandatory Information Disclosure (June 22, 2012). Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 12-001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1879248 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1879248

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Anil Doshi
Harvard Business School ( email )
Soldiers Field Road
Wyss Hall
Boston, MA 02163
United States
Glen Dowell
Cornell University - Johnson Graduate School of Management ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
Michael W. Toffel (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School (HBS) - Technology & Operations Management Unit ( email )
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617.384.8043 (Phone)
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