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Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business?

October 2015 | Research Report

Managers of public companies are under constant pressure to meet quarterly guidance and maximize profits, often at the expense of future profitability. Those pressures—driven by activist hedge funds, executive compensation design, quarterly capitalism, and changes in capital markets—are likely to increase in the next 10 to 15 years.

Business leaders should review their companies’ governance structures to see whether they should make modifications that could better serve long-term prospects. This report recommends actions they may want to consider, including governance changes that public companies (with investor support) and investors can make and tax changes the government can make. 

Explore our full portfolio of thought leadership on short-termism here.



Donna Dabney

Former Executive Director, Governance Center


Melissa Aguilar

Former Researcher, Corporate Leadership
The Conference Board


Gad Levanon, PhD

Vice President, Labor Markets
The Conference Board

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Alex Parkinson

Communications Institute Co-Leader
The Conference Board
Parky Communications

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Douglas Chia

President, Soundboard Governance LLC



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