Shareholder Activism: A Multidisciplinary Review

Goranova M, Ryan LV. 2014. Shareholder Activism A Multidisciplinary Review. Journal of Management, 2014, 40(5): 1230-1268

55 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2014 Last revised: 25 Jul 2014

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Maria L. Goranova

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Lori Verstegen Ryan

San Diego State University - Management

Date Written: September 23, 2013

Abstract

Shareholder activism has become a dynamic institutional force, and its associated, rapidly increasing body of scholarly literature affects numerous disciplines within the organizational science academy. In addition to equivocal results concerning the impact of shareholder activism on corporate outcomes, the separation of prior research into financial and social activism has left unanswered questions critical for both the scholarly discourse on shareholder activism and the normative debate on shareholder empowerment. The heterogeneity of factors in shareholder activism, such as the firm, activist, and environmental characteristics that promote or inhibit activism, along with the breadth of activism’s issues, methods, and processes, provide a plethora of theoretical and methodological opportunities and challenges for activism researchers. Our multidisciplinary review incorporates the financial and social activism streams and explores shareholder activism heterogeneity and controversy, seeking to provide an impetus for more cohesive conceptual and empirical work in the field.

Keywords: shareholder activism, financial activism, social activism, multidisciplinary review

JEL Classification: G3

Suggested Citation

Goranova, Maria L. and Verstegen Ryan, Lori, Shareholder Activism: A Multidisciplinary Review (September 23, 2013). Goranova M, Ryan LV. 2014. Shareholder Activism A Multidisciplinary Review. Journal of Management, 2014, 40(5): 1230-1268, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2384280

Maria L. Goranova (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee ( email )

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3202 N. Maryland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0742
United States

Lori Verstegen Ryan

San Diego State University - Management ( email )

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8230
United States

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