Should CEOs Take a Stance on Controversial Topics?

Video

Should CEOs Take a Stance on Controversial Topics?

CEOs have traditionally shied away from politically charged issues, but that may be changing.

If a CEO wants to advocate on health care or the environment, will it help or hurt the company? How will consumers and employees respond? And should boards set limits on activism?

Professor David F. Larcker shares how the role of CEO is evolving as the line between business and politics continues to blur.

Should CEOs Take a Stance on Controversial Topics?

For media inquiries, visit the Newsroom.
Explore More

Insights

An illustration of a hand manipulating justice. Credit: Reuters/erhui1979
October 8, 2020
Written

Anat Admati on Milton Friedman and Justice

Friedman’s credo that corporations should focus only on maximizing shareholder value rests on assumptions that are “far from true in the real world.”

Insights

Man in a bowler hat with his face obscured by a one hundred dollar bill. Credit: Cory Hall
July 15, 2020
Written

Stimulus Money Might Stimulate Insider Trading

A new study reveals that politically connected shareholders cashed in with suspiciously well-timed trades during the 2008 federal bailout.

Insights

Business people in a board room. Credit: iStock/Morsa Images
January 6, 2020
Written

Good Corporate Governance Is a Great Idea, But Is Anyone Practicing It?

There’s little evidence that common board best practices lead to better oversight.