Activist hedge funds: Beware the new titans

Albert M. Ahn, Margarethe F. Wiersema

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Deploying more than $65 billion in capital globally and with more than 900 campaigns in 2018, activist hedge funds represent "the activist" in the capital market and have a significant influence on corporate governance and strategy and even the ownership of companies. While finance scholars have focused on understanding what firms activist hedge funds target and the performance repercussions of their campaigns, management scholars have largely ignored this important constituent. Based on our extensive research on the context of hedge fund activism, we here provide a research agenda that articulates the opportunities for management scholars to conduct investigations into this important phenomenon. By shedding light on the dynamics of hedge fund activism, management scholars have the opportunity to provide greater clarity as to whether these activists are shareholder champions or if they undermine the long-Term strategic health of companies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-122
Number of pages27
JournalAcademy of Management Perspectives
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing


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