The Media and Firm Reputation Roles in Corporate Governance Improvements: Lessons from European Dual Class Share Unifications

B. Lauterbach, Anete Pajuste

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Abstract

Manuscript Type Empirical Research Questions/Issues Do media pressure and firm reputational concerns propel corporate governance improvements? Specifically, can they encourage unifications of dual class shares into a single “one share one vote” class? Research Findings/Insights Media criticism increases the likelihood of voluntary dual class share unifications. Firms more sensitive to public image are more likely to unify their dual class shares. Theoretical/Academic Implications Media plays an important role in corporate governance promotion. Firm reputation is a valuable asset, sensitive to public opinion and media criticism. Some real firm decisions can be influenced by firm image and reputation considerations. Practitioner/Policy Implications Firm image, reputation, and public relations activity are valuable. Media is a powerful and flexible tool that in some cases can substitute regulation in effectively restraining firms and their controlling shareholders.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2015
EventJMG Conference - Bolzano, Italy
Duration: 16 Jul 201517 Jul 2015

Conference

ConferenceJMG Conference
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBolzano
Period16/07/1517/07/15

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