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Most corporations dedicate significant time and attention to managing their shareholder base. Furthermore, companies overwhelmingly prefer “long-term shareholders” to “short-term shareholders.”
There is little rigorous research, however, that conclusively demonstrates the impact that individual investor groups have on corporate decision making, or that quantifies the premium (or discount) that specific shareholder groups add to corporate value.
We explore this topic in greater detail, and ask:
• Does the composition of a company’s shareholder base really matter?
• What substantive impact do shareholder—including activists—have on strategy, investment, and management?
• How long is long-term? How short is short-term?
• Can short-term market pressures be offset by long-term compensation incentives?