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date: 27 June 2019

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This chapter studies the influence of a single type of owner or form of ownership. It analyzes ownership at a broader level and compares the different types of owner. It then shows how they act independently and together in order to influence the outcomes of a firm. It stresses that while these types of owner may share some similarities, they have different preferences, incentives, and motivations. These differences may lead to conflicts, which leave top-level managers with difficult choices and competing pressures with regard to their firm’s strategic direction. The final section of the chapter presents some suggestions on future research that could help in understanding the influence of a portfolio of owners on the outcomes and actions at the firm level.

Keywords: ownership, types of owner, top-level managers, strategic direction, influence

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