Shareholder Activism: Does it Enhance Corporate Accountability or Cause Disruption?

  • Keerthana Srinivasan and Meera Srikant
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  • Keerthana Srinivasan

    Student at School of Law, SASTRA Deemed to be University, TamilNadu, India

  • Meera Srikant

    Student at School of Law, SASTRA Deemed to be University, TamilNadu, India

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Shareholder Activism is a multifaceted phenomenon which has the potential to either enhance corporate accountability or be the cause of disruption within the corporations. This dichotomy arises from the diverse objectives, strategies and outcomes associated with shareholder’s engagement with the company. It basically involves the efforts of the shareholders to bring about a desired change in operations the company ensuring they act in the best interest of the shareholders and encompasses a spectrum of activities ranging from advocating for greater transparency and pursuance of short-term financial gains. Consequently, the effect of shareholders activism on corporate accountability versus disruption are complex and is contingent upon various factors. On one hand, shareholder activism can bolster corporate accountability in several ways by enhancing transparency and increased disclosure. On the other hand, shareholder activism can be disruptive. Short term campaigns focused on immediate financial gains may divert corporate resources and attention from long term planning. This research paper aims to analyze the effects of shareholder activism based on their ability to either be constructive or disruptive. While the preliminary findings suggest that shareholder activism can enhance accountability, it also underscores the potential for disruption when short term gains are prioritized. Recognizing this complexity is essential and these findings will be further explored through an analysis offering valuable insights for the stakeholders, policymakers and corporate leaders as they navigate the evolving field of shareholder activism and its implications for corporate governance and accountability.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 1995 - 2003


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