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The New Capitalists: How Citizen Investors Are Reshaping the Corporate Agenda
     

The New Capitalists: How Citizen Investors Are Reshaping the Corporate Agenda

by Stephen Davis, Jon Lukomnik, David Pitt-watson
 

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Thanks to the rise of mutual funds and retirement plans, the actual owners of the world’s corporate giants are no longer a few wealthy families. Rather, they’re the huge majority of working people who have their pensions and life savings invested in shares of today’s largest companies. These grassroots owners have ideas about value that differ from

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Thanks to the rise of mutual funds and retirement plans, the actual owners of the world’s corporate giants are no longer a few wealthy families. Rather, they’re the huge majority of working people who have their pensions and life savings invested in shares of today’s largest companies. These grassroots owners have ideas about value that differ from those of tycoons or Wall Street traders. And corporate directors and executives are coming under increasing pressure to respond. The New Capitalists provides examples—from GE to Disney to British Petroleum—of enterprises whose shareholders have recently wielded their control in ways unimaginable just several years ago.

Authors Stephen Davis, Jon Lukomnik and David Pitt-Watson describe how civil ownership will profoundly alter our world—including forcing the rise of a new species of corporation. It has already begun demolishing old rules and habits, laying the groundwork for a new “constitution of commerce.” The authors spell out conventional thinking destined for extinction—and fresh strategies companies must implement to survive in the emerging “civil economy.” They also outline how investors, advisors, activists, and policy makers can make their voices heard.

Editorial Reviews

BusinessWeek
...a fine, richly reported account of how things do and should work in a very imperfect shareholder democracy.
Bloomberg
" . . . a seductive concept . . . Davis, Lukomnik and Pitt-Watson are no fools."
Financial Times
...a vision of a new "civil economy", the goal of which is sustainable prosperity brought about by "responsible management."
Pensions & Investing
A groundbreaking work, a new generation's extension of "The Unseen Revolution," Drucker's revolutionary 1976 book that predicted the influence of pension funds on corporations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422155097
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
704 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen Davis is president of Davis Global Advisers, Inc., the world’s leading adviser on international corporate governance. Jon Lukomnik is the managing partner of Sinclair Capital LLC and former Deputy Comptroller of New York City, where he managed $80 billion in assets. David Pitt-Watson is former Chief Executive of Hermes Focus Asset Management, Europe’s leading shareholder activist fund manager.

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