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Institutional shareholder activism in Nigeria: An accountability perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-88
Number of pages11
JournalAccounting Forum
Issue number2
Early online date30 Mar 2016
DateAccepted/In press - 4 Mar 2016
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Mar 2016
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2016


Research has identified institutional shareholders and shareholders’ associations as separate groups that are able to interact and promote accountability through shareholder activism. This study employs a qualitative methodology to critically evaluate how institutional shareholders perceive the participation of Nigerian shareholders’ associations in shareholder activism. We examine three features of accountability that are vital in shareholder activism; dialectical activity, independence and agenda. We contribute to the accountability literature by showing how these three features shape institutional shareholders’ perception of shareholders’ associations as shareholder activists. Our findings show distinct differences between the views of representatives from active and passive institutional shareholders.

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  • accountability theory, agency theory, institutional shareholders, Nigeria, shareholder activism, shareholders’ associations

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