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Advisory Board of the journal Corporate Ownership and Control: upcoming corporate governance fields of scholarly research

Editorial team and Publisher of the journal Corporate Ownership and Control aimed to outline the most perspective fields of research in corporate governance which will be demanded by the scholars worldwide. We asked the Advisory Board members of the journal to provide their point of view.

Thus, Anil Shivdasani, Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor, director of the Wells Fargo Center for Corporate Finance, and a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (USA) who is a highly cited scholar (more than 10000 citations by Google Scholar) forecasts that the following issues of corporate governance will be on the forefront of the scholarly research:

  • Shareholder activism
  • Regulatory reforms and the role of regulation in governance
  • International and comparative corporate governance

Daniel Zeghal, Professor at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (Canada) stated that in the near future the most popular scholarly research topics in corporate governance will be:

  • governance and firm sustainability
  • governance in the global firms
  • governance for post-industrial firms

John Holcomb, Professor at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver (USA) came with a very detailed of the most perspective topics in the field of corporate governance research:

  • ownership patterns and various performance measures
    • Concentrated Ownership v. Dispersed Ownership and the Impact on Shareholder Returns
    • Concentrated v. Dispersed Ownership and Performance and the Impact on Sustainability and CSR
    • Concentrated v. Dispersed Ownership and the Relationship to Good Governance Criteria (ISS or ICGN Grades)
    • Extent of Institutional Ownership and its Impact on Shareholder Returns
    • Extent of Institutional Ownership and its Impact on Performance on Sustainability and CSR
    • Extent of Institutional Ownership and its Relationship to Good Governance Criteria (ISS or ICGN Grades)
  • relationships between corporate governance variables and corporate criminal behavior (extent/frequency of criminal charges, convictions, or legal settlements)
    • Extent of Independence of Board and/or Key Board Committees related to Corporate Criminal Behavior
    • Extent of Excessive Executive Compensation and Corporate Criminal Behavior
    • Adoption of a Board Committee on Ethics and Compliance and the Occurrence (before or after) of Corporate Criminal Behavior
    • Adoption of any other Unconventional Board Committee (Risk, Regulatory, Public Responsibility) and the Occurrence (before or after) of Corporate Criminal Behavior
    • Relationship between Split Roles or Combined Roles of CEO/Chair and Corporate Criminal Behavior
    • Relationship between Staggered Elections or Annual Elections of Board Members and Corporate Criminal Behavior
    • Relationship between Any of the Above Corporate Governance Variable and the Amount of Investor Lawsuits
  • corporate political involvement and financial performance
    • Extent of Corporate Lobbying and its Impact on Corporate Financial Performance (some publications in this area exist)
    • Extent of Corporate Political Contributions and their Impact on Corporate Financial Performance
    • Political Activity or Political Background of CEO/Top Executives and the Relationship to Corporate Financial Performance
    • Ranking on Corporate Political Responsibility (by Center for Political Accountability in the U.S.) and its Relationship to Corporate Financial Performance or to Corporate Criminal Behavior.
  • corruption and corporate performance
    • The Relationship between Corporate Corruption and perhaps Home-state Corruption (based on Transparency International Rankings) and Corporate Financial Performance
    • The Relationship between Corporate Corruption and perhaps Home-state Corruption and Corporate Social Performance
    • The Relationship between Corporate Corruption and Stakeholder Engagement Policies
    • The Relationship between Investment in Politically Hazardous Regimes and Corporate Financial Performance
    • The Relationship between Investment in Politically Hazardous Regimes and Stakeholder Engagement Policies

With regard to these advises we added several more topics to the list of existing research topic of the journal Corporate Ownership and Control. We expect that this will let our authors to continue to be in the main stream of the scholarly research in corporate governance. The updated list of topics of the journal of Corporate Ownership and Control is below:

  • Ownership structure
  • Mergers, acquisitions, restructuring
  • Bankruptcy, liquidation procedures
  • Corporate social responsibility and compliance
  • Disclosure and transparency issues
  • Corporate governance in family firms
  • Corporate governance in financial institutions
  • Corporate control
  • Earnings management
  • Managerial incentives
  • Payout/dividend policy
  • Financial reporting
  • Auditing
  • Board of directors’ practices
  • Shareholders’ rights
  • Shareholder activism
  • Corporate political involvement and corporate governance
  • Corruption, corporate governance and firm performance
  • Corporate governance and firm performance
  • Corporate Governance and performance of family firms
  • Corporate governance and performance of the global firms
  • International and comparative corporate governance
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