The Third, System Stage of Corporate Governance: Why Institutional Investors Need to Move Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory

27 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2018

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James P. Hawley

Saint Mary's College of California; TruValue Labs

Jon Lukomnik

Sinclair Capital LLC; IRRC Institute

Date Written: February 21, 2018

Abstract

This paper focuses on underlying causes for the emerging systemic emphasis among major corporate governance institutional owners. It does this by building incorporating three stages of corporate governance: structure and process as governance (stage I), broadening to include E and S factors (stage II), and stage III, a system focus. By looking at system focus this paper breaks ground by arguing one must examine the role modern portfolio theory (MPT) in the investment processes and explore how MPT impacts corporate structure, behavior and governance.

We focus on the dynamics of a portfolio, and of multiple portfolios (the market) becoming part of governance analysis and actions, challenging the idea that portfolio investment risk is limited to diversifying idiosyncratic risk through security selection assuming that will have no impact on beta. There are strong feedback loops between portfolio risk management, beta and systemic risk: they are conjoined.

Keywords: Modern Portfolio Theory; Systemic Risk; Institutional Owners; Universal Owners; Asset Management

JEL Classification: G3

Suggested Citation

Hawley, James P. and Lukomnik, Jon, The Third, System Stage of Corporate Governance: Why Institutional Investors Need to Move Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory (February 21, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3127767 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3127767

James P. Hawley (Contact Author)

Saint Mary's College of California; TruValue Labs ( email )

San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
510-928-1327 (Phone)

Jon Lukomnik

Sinclair Capital LLC ( email )

924 West End Avenue, Suite T-4
New York, NY 10025
United States

IRRC Institute ( email )

New York, NY
United States

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