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Corporate Social Responsibility and Managerial Entrenchment


  • Giovanni Cespa
  • Giacinta Cestone


"When stakeholder protection is left to the voluntary initiative of managers, relations with social activists may become an effective entrenchment strategy for inefficient CEOs. We thus argue that managerial turnover and firm value are increased when explicit stakeholder protection is introduced so as to deprive incumbent CEOs of activists' support. This finding provides a rationale for the emergence of specialized institutions (social auditors and ethic indexes) that help firms commit to stakeholder protection even in the case of managerial replacement. Our theory also explains a recent trend whereby social activist organizations and institutional shareholders are showing a growing support for each other's agenda." Copyright 2007, The Author(s) Journal Compilation (c) 2007 Blackwell Publishing.

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  • Giovanni Cespa & Giacinta Cestone, 2007. "Corporate Social Responsibility and Managerial Entrenchment," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 16(3), pages 741-771, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jemstr:v:16:y:2007:i:3:p:741-771

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