American companies have lost thousands of workers, innovative ideas and possibly their future existence to “activist investors” whose only concern is for the shareholder’s immediate profit. Uncovering the strategies of such investors, Atlantic staff writer Alana Semuels shows why short-term gains, layoffs, and R&D termination aren’t in the best interests of the company or the country. getAbstract recommends this article to business leaders, stock market investors and economy enthusiasts.
In this summary, you will learn
- How “activist investors” are changing the values and purpose of American companies,
- Why fast, short-term shareholder returns are bad for business in the long term, and
- What some companies are doing to resist activist investor takeovers.
About the Author
Alana Semuels is a staff writer at the The Atlantic. She was previously a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
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