Companies buy back stocks for a variety of reasons. One rationale is a key motive for a new study: Managers of undervalued firms use stock repurchases as a mechanism to signal firm value. Curiously, Finance Professor Stacey Jacobsen of SMU Cox and co-author Utpal Bhattacharya find a large number of firms announce share repurchases but do not actually follow through with the buyback. The stock market tends to view repurchase announcements as good news, according to its reaction.
In the U.S., shareholder voting and activism is increasingly used to influence firm policy. New research by SMU Cox Finance Chair Darius Miller and co-authors suggests that shareholder voting can be an effective governance mechanism in countries outside the U.S. "This is important," says Miller, "since in many countries outside the U.S., the need for governance is greatest." The authors set out to test shareholder activism in global markets in a first-of-its-kind, large-scale study. Prior to this paper, there was not any evidence on whether shareholder voting in other countries was effective or not.
Hundreds of millions of users around the globe gravitate toward the offerings of Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. By spending countless hours on these social media sites, what are we accomplishing? In new research, SMU Cox Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM) Professor Ulrike Schultze and co-author offer clarity in interpreting how and why people are using social media.
Can the conglomerate do more with capital than the single-segment firm? Three decades later, through economic ups and downs, even financial crisis, new research shows that conglomerates like GE best single-segment firms in terms of operational efficiency. SMU Cox Accounting Professors Neil Bhattacharya and Jeff Jiewei Yu and Finance Professor Johan Sulaeman find consistent results that segments of diversified firms are operationally more efficient than their single-segment industry peers.
Have you ever had to pump up your self-esteem before entering a luxury goods store like Hermes or Chanel? New research by Marketing Professor Morgan Ward of SMU Cox School of Business and co-author offer a contemporary analysis of an age-old problem — the effects of salesperson snobbery in luxury goods purchases. The authors find that in the long run, rejecting customers doesn't pay off.