Managerial Myopia and Brand Innovation
46 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2018 Last revised: 11 Mar 2021
Date Written: February 24, 2021
Using the newly available U.S. trademark dataset to measure the lifespan of new brands, we find that new brands’ survival rate significantly declines following managers’ myopic cuts in marketing budgets. This evidence is consistent with concerns raised by marketing managers that firms’ brand innovation is being sacrificed in order to manage reported earnings to meet short-term earnings targets. The observed effect is more pronounced for firms in industries where more resources are devoted to advertising expenditures and in more reputation-sensitive industries. Additional analyses show that the survival rate of new brands has a significantly positive impact on future sales growth and profitability, confirming the value-relevance of brand innovation and our findings about the detrimental effects of earnings management .
Keywords: Managerial myopia, brand names, trademarks, earnings targets
JEL Classification: M37, M41, M43, O31
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