New Technology Issues for Corporate Governance: Internet Message Boards

INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, 2nd Ed., pp. 184-194, Joseph C. F. Lufkin, ed., Euromoney Books, 2004

15 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2006

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Jonathan Carson

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James Felton

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law

Abstract

The flow of unauthorized corporate information has changed dramatically in the past few years as Internet message boards have moved from the fringe to the mainstream. Employees, former employees, customers, competitors, and investors are all anonymously communicating with one another on message boards instead of solely relying on company-released information. Companies need new policies to address this new reality. In many cases, the online chatter is harmless, but companies should prepare for the worst.

Keywords: governance, message board, scandal, inside information, Enron, HealthSouth

JEL Classification: D82, G38, M52, O33

Suggested Citation

Carson, Jonathan and Felton, James, New Technology Issues for Corporate Governance: Internet Message Boards. INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, 2nd Ed., pp. 184-194, Joseph C. F. Lufkin, ed., Euromoney Books, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=920100

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