Publications

2016

  1. How Activist Investors Identify Their Targets

    June 2016 | Director Notes

    The first phase of an activist’s campaign is perhaps the most important: identifying undervalued and attractive target companies.

  2. Help Wanted: What Looming Labor Shortages Mean for Your Business - CEO Implications

    April 2016 | Key Business Issues

    New sources of labor should be top of mind for CEOs as they contemplate protracted labor shortages. These shortages will hit most industries, pinching profits and prolonging the economic slowdown.

  3. Help Wanted: What Looming Labor Shortages Mean for Your Business

    April 2016 | Key Business Issues

    A prolonged labor shortage looms over many industries in the United States and across the globe, threatening hiring, retention, and profits, but few companies are prepared to deal with it.

2015

  1. Activist Hedge Funds, Golden Leash Special Compensation Arrangements, and Advance Notice Bylaws

    December 2015 | Director Notes

    This report discusses recent cases highlighting activist efforts to replace directors at target companies.

  2. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Escaping the Global Economy's Holding Pattern

    November 2015 | StraightTalk®

    In 2016, the global economy will continue on a slow growth track for the fifth consecutive year, as mature economies continue to fly at a low altitude and emerging markets slow.

  3. Emerging Practices in Cyber Risk Governance (CFO Strategic Implications)

    October 2015 | Key Business Issues

    This report explores best practices for cyber risk governance and implications for CFOs based on case studies of companies that have protected themselves and those that have suffered massive hacks.

  4. Business Case for Corporate Investment in ESG Practices

    July 2015 | Director Notes

    This report reviews empirical analyses of the return on investment in environmental, social, and governance initiatives and discusses why the positive correlations found by some academics remain disputed by others.

  5. Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    Corporate sustainability initiatives aid the planet and burnish reputations. They also make money for companies, according to our study of trailblazers in the field.

  6. Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services: Implications for Chief Financial Officers

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    Corporate sustainability initiatives deserve the attention of CFOs. In 2010-2013, revenues from sustainable products and services grew at six times the rate of overall revenues in companies we studied.

  7. Profit Equation: Prioritizing Productivity to Drive Growth, Competitiveness, and Profitability (CFO Summary)

    June 2015 | Key Business Issues

    The world is experiencing a substantial decline in productivity growth, which could threaten global economic growth, company profits, and the ability to compete. The CFO can act through investments in intangibles, technology, and innovation.