The Power of Economic Networks: Investor Recognition through Supply-Chain Relationship Disclosures
48 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2015 Last revised: 31 Mar 2021
Date Written: June 1, 2016
We show that firms gain visibility and increase their shareholder base through their supply chain relationships with large and well-known trading partners. After relationship disclosure, supplier firms enjoy a boost in investor recognition, evidenced by more institutional investors holding the firms' stocks, more intensive news coverage, and more EDGAR searches for the firms' SEC filings. We show that managers strategically disclose relationships to improve their firms' visibility. This reduces advertising expenses, increases sales, and consequently improves profitability. Our findings highlight the supply-chain network as an important channel through which small and young firms gain investor recognition and improve operating environment.
Keywords: Customer-Supplier Relationship; Investor Recognition; Disclosure
JEL Classification: L14; G11
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