CGRI research spans these topics: general principles, board of directors, leadership and succession planning, compensation, audit and risk, shareholders, and proxy advisory.
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Research by the Corporate Governance Research Initiative
Core Concepts Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, June
A roadmap to understanding the fundamental concepts of corporate governance based on theory, empirical research, and data. This guide will take an in-depth look at shareholders and activism.
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Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, May
Recently, there has been debate among corporate managers, board of directors, and institutional investors around how best to incorporate ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors into strategic and investment decision-making...
CGRI Research Spotlight Series. March
This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on how dual-class share structures influence firm value and corporate governance quality. It reviews the evidence of:
- The relation ...
CGRI Research Spotlight Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative (CGRI), March
This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities including:
- The relation between ESG activities and firm value
- The impact of ...
Review of Accounting Studies. February
27 , 2019, Vol. 24, Issue 2, Pages 536-569
We examine the long-term effects of interventions by activist hedge funds. Research documents positive equal-weighted long-term returns and operating performance improvements following activist interventions, and typically conclude that activism is...
February 22, 2019
This study investigates whether investors are willing to trade-off wealth for societal benefits. We take advantage of unique institutional features of the municipal securities market to provide insight into this...
February 11, 2019
We examine the selection of peer groups that boards of directors use when setting the level of CEO compensation. This choice is controversial because it is difficult to ascertain whether...
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Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, February
Two decades ago, McKinsey advanced the idea that large U.S. companies are engaged in a “war for talent” and that to remain competitive they need to make a strategic effort...
January 3, 2019
We construct a novel measure of disclosure choice by firms. Our measure uses linguistic analysis of conference calls to flag a manager’s response as providing an explicit “non-answer” to an...
CGRI Quick Guide Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, January
This Data Spotlight provides data and statistics on the level and structure of CEO compensation in the United States. This data supplements in the issues introduced in the Quick Guides...
Insights on CGRI Research
May 23, 2019
Despite the surging focus on environmental sustainability, a new study suggests investors still care about the old kind of green.
November 28, 2018
A new survey shows how Americans respond to CEOs who weigh in on controversial issues.
May 2, 2018
How the company that overhauled the entertainment industry created a new model of corporate governance.
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