Publications

Most Recent Works and Working Papers

Katarina Sikavica with Kathleen Rehbein & Elise Perrault (2017): Who Do They Think They Are? The Impact of Shareholder Activists’ Identity on their Targeting Decisions. (conditionally accept, Business and Society).

Jo Ellen Pozner, Michaela DeSoucey, Cameron Verhaal, Katarina Sikavica & Emily Block (2015): Discerning Identities and Authenticity in the Craft Beer Industry. (Working Paper).

Katarina Sikavica with Amy Hillman & Christine Shropshire (2015): Toward a Behavioral Theory of Corporate Ownership: Organizational Insiders and Firm Performance (Working Paper).

Katarina Sikavica (2015): How do Managers Perceive Ownership? A Cognitive Approach to Shareholder Identification and Salience. (Working Paper).

Journal Articles

Katarina Sikavica & Jo-Ellen Pozner (2013): Paradise Sold: Standards, Social Movement Identification and Competition  in Identity-Partitioned Markets. Organization Studies, Vol. 34, No.5-6, p. 623-651.

Katarina Sikavica & Esther Kessler (2013): Beyond External Constraints on Expropriation of Minority Investors: How Large Shareholders’ Power and Preferences Affect Firm Valuation. Corporate Ownership and Control.  Volume 10, issue 4, Summer.

Anja Tuschke & Katarina Sikavica (2009): Corporate Governance Multinationaler Unternehmen. Industrie Management. Volume 4, (25) (invited paper).

Katarina Sikavica & Amy Hillman (2008): Towards a Behavioral Theory of Corporate Ownership and Shareholder Activism. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings of the Business Policy and Strategy Division.

Books and Book Chapters

Katarina Sikavica & Amy Hillman (2015): Combing Financial and Psychological Insights for a new Typology of Ownership. In: Goranova, Maria & Ryan, Lori: Shareholder Empowerment. Palgrave-Macmillan. see: https://shareholderempowerment.wordpress.com/home/

Katarina Sikavica & Toru Yoshikawa (2012): Globalization and Corporate Governance Convergence. The Multinational Corporation as a Neglected Agent of Convergence. Edited Volume on Corporate Governance. In: Yoshikawa, Toru & Rasheed, Abdul: The Convergence of Corporate Governance. Promise and Prospects. Palgrave McMillan.

Katarina Sikavica (2008): Corporate Ownership and Control: Economic, Sociological and Behavioral Approaches. Diss. Universität St. Gallen.

Katarina Sikavica & Emil Walter-Busch (2008): Wandel und Gestaltung von Boardkulturen. In: Wunderer, Rolf and Knorr, Ursula: Die Menschliche Seite der Corporate Governance. Luchterhand.

Katarina Sikavica (2007): Useless for Practice? Die Inkommensurabilität in der Corporate Governance-Forschung und ihre Konsequenzen in Bezug auf Wissenschaft und Praxis. In: Thomas Eberle, Sabine Hoidn and Katarina Sikavica: Fokus Organisation. Sozialwissenschaftliche Analysen und Perspektiven. UVK. Konstanz.

Thomas Eberle, Sabine Hoidn & Katarina Sikavica (2007): Multiple Perspektiven auf Organisation. In: Thomas Eberle, Sabine Hoidn and Katarina Sikavica: Fokus Organisation. Sozialwissenschaftliche Analysen und Perspektiven. UVK. Konstanz.

Thomas Eberle, Sabine Hoidn & Katarina Sikavica (2007): Fokus Organisation. Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven und Analysen. UVK. Konstanz.

Winfried Ruigrok & Katarina Sikavica (2005): The Impact of Audit Committees on Swiss Companies. Published Project Report in Cooperation with Ernst and Young, Switzerland.

Invited Publications

Katarina Sikavica (2017): A Sense of Ownership. Financial World. April/Mai 2017, p. 42-44.

Katarina Sikavica (2015): Managing Relationships with Activist Investors. Ethical Boardroom. Autum 2015, p.102-105, link to article.

Katarina Sikavica (2015): Strategic Shareholder Management – Directors’ Best Response to Shareholder Activism. Board Leadership. Innovative Approaches to Governance. Jan.-Feb. 2015, link to article .

Katarina Sikavica, Elise Perrault & Kathleen Rehbein (2014): Taking Activists’ Identity Seriously:  How the Self-Definition of “Who We Are” Impacts the Choice of Targets,  International Corporate Governance (ICGN) Yearbook 2014.

Katarina Sikavica et al. (2014): Under the Surface of the Minder Ordinance. Implications for Board Dynamics in Switzerland. Korn Ferry Institute. link to article

Katarina Sikavica & Esther Kessler (2013): Niedrigere Managerlöhne durch Stärkung der Aktionäre? Grenzen und Möglichkeiten der Abzocker-Initiative. Finanz und Wirtschaft, Sep. 18. 2013. link to article

Katarina Sikavica (2012): If you can’t beat them – join them? Aktionärsdemokratie in status-segmentierten Kapitalmärkten. WISO Diskurs. Expertisen und Dokumentationen zur Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. April 2012, p. 96-110.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Katarina Sikavica (2017): How Do Managers Perceive Firm Ownership?
Implications for Shareholder Primacy. Paper presented at the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Katarina Sikavica with Kathleen Rehbein & Elise Perrault (2016): Can Activists’ Social Identity Explain Their Choice of Corporate Targets? Evidence from a Mixed Method Study. Paper presented at the Southern Management Association Annual Meeting (SMA) in Charlotte, NC, USA.

Jo Ellen Pozner, Michaela DeSoucey, Cameron Verhaal, Katarina Sikavica & Emily Block (2015): Discerning Identities and Authenticity in the Craft Beer Industry. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Katarina Sikavica with Kathleen Rehbein & Elise Perrault (2015): Who Do They Think They Are? The Impact of Shareholder Activists’ Identity on their Targeting Decisions. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Katarina Sikavica, Kathleen Rehbein & Elise Perrault (2014): Who Do They Think They Are? The Effect of Shareholder Activists’ Identity on Their Targeting Decisions. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Jo-Ellen Pozner, Michaela DeSoucey & Katarina Sikavica (2014): Bottle revolution: A Study of Market De-Partitioning and Re-Partitioning in the Craft Beer Industry.  Paper presented at the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Katarina Sikavica, Kathleen Rehbein & Elise Perrault (2014): Who Do They Think They Are? The Effect of Shareholder Activists’ Identity on Their Targeting Decisions. Paper selected for presentation at the first ICGN Academic Meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For the picture galery of this meeting click here.

Katarina Sikavica (2014): Exercising Ownership Rights: Employee Ownership Plans, Employee Organizational Indentification and Their Voting Behavior in Support of Opposition of Management. Paper presented at “Employee Ownership: Research and Practice”. Conference organized by the York University, York, UK.

Katarina Sikavica & Kathleen Rehbein (2013): Shareholder Activism, Social Identity, and Firm Targeting.  Paper   presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL, USA.

Katarina Sikavica & Kathleen Rehbein (2012): Targeting Companies with Social Policy Resolutions: Activists’ Identity and Targeting Decisions. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Boston, MA, USA.

Katarina Sikavica & Kathleen Rehbein (2012): Activist Identity as a Driver of Activism. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Boston, MA, USA.

Katarina Sikavica, Anja Tuschke & Amy Hillman (2011): Being an Owner or Feeling Like One: When Equity-Based Compensation is Only Part of the Picture. Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting (SMS) in Miami, Fl, USA.

Katarina Sikavica & Anja Tuschke (2011): On the Revolt by the “Respectable Shareholder”: A Social Identity Approach to Small Shareholder Activism. Paper presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Katarina Sikavica, Sanjay Goel & Esther Kessler (2011): Who’s the Boss and What Does She Want? Control Types, Shareholder Heterogeneity and Firm Value. Paper presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Katarina Sikavica & Toru Yoshikawa (2011): Globalization and Corporate Governance Convergence. The Multinational Corporation as a Neglected Agent of Convergence. Paper presented at the Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting in Nagoya, Japan.

Katarina Sikavica, Sanjay Goel & Esther Kessler (2010): Deliver or Else: Expropriation from Minority Investors across Governance Forms and CEO Turnover. Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy.

Katarina Sikavica, Anja Tuschke & Amy Hillman (2010): CEO Psychological Ownership and Interest Alignment: Implications for Corporate Diversification. Paper presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Katarina Sikavica & Anja Tuschke (2010): Small Shareholder Activism: A Social Identity Approach to Small Shareholder Collective Action. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting (AOM) in Montreal, Canada.

Katarina Sikavica (2010): Attenuating the Inequality of Corporate Shareholders: On the Emergence of Social Identity of Small Shareholders. Paper presented at the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Annual Meeting, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Katarina Sikavica & Anja Tuschke (2009): Ownership, Identity and Shareholder Behavior: A Grounded Theory. Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual Meeting in Washington, USA.

Katarina Sikavica (2008): Ownership Structure, Firm Performance and CEO Turnover: The Case of Switzerland. Paper accepted for presentation at the European International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Meeting, in Tallinn, Estonia.

Katarina Sikavica & Amy Hillman (2008): A Behavioral Approach to Corporate Ownership and Shareholder Activism. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting (AOM) Annual Meeting, in Anaheim, USA.

Katarina Sikavica & Jo-Ellen Pozner (2008): Paradise Sold: Identity, Resource Partitioning and Organizational Form in the Organic Farming Industry. Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual Meeting in Köln, Germany.

Katarina Sikavica (2008): Shareholder Activism and Top Executive Careers: How Shareholders’ Psychological Disposition Towards Ownership Impact on the Choice of Incentives. Paper presented at the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Annual Meeting, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Katarina Sikavica (2006): The Impact of MNCs on the Convergence of Corporate Governance Systems. Paper presented at the European International Business Studies (EIBA) Annual Meeting in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Katarina Sikavica & Esther Kessler (2006): Motivational Properties of Compensation Designs and their Impact on Executive Behavior. Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society (SMS) in Vienna, Austria.

Katarina Sikavica (2006): Owner Types and their Intervention in CEO Dismissal Decisions. A Behavioral Perspective. Paper presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, USA.

Katarina Sikavica (2006): Social Capital of the Governance Structure and Its Impact on CEO Dismissal: How Network Properties affect the Likelihood of forced CEO Departure. Paper presented at the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Annual Meeting in Bergen, Norway.

Winfried Ruigrok, Hardy Wagner, Katarina Sikavica & Simon Peck (2005): Professors on Corporate Boards. Paper presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, USA.

Symposia and Professional Development Workshops

Authenticity in Organizational Life (organized by Pozner, DeSoucey, Verhaal, Sikavica & Block): Jo Ellen Pozner, Michaela DeSoucey, Cameron Verhaal, Katarina Sikavica & Emily Block (2015): Discerning Identities and Authenticity in the Craft Beer Industry. To be presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Under Activist Pressure: Understanding the Relationship between Activists and Firms (organized by Susan Kayser): Katarina Sikavica, Elise Perrauls & Kathleen Rehbein (2015): Who Do They Think They Are? The Impact of Shareholder Activists’ Identity on their Targeting Decisions. To be presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Shareholder Empowerment (organized by Maria Goranova and Lori Ryan): Katarina Sikavica (2014): What can we learn from a psychological approach to ownership for the study of shareholder activism? Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Theories of Shareholder Activism: A Trip Down Memory Lane and Up On Future Avenue (organized by Kathleen Rehbein and Katarina Sikavica): Katarina Sikavica & Kathleen Rehbein (2012): Activist Identity as a Driver of Activism. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) in Boston, MA, USA.

Corporate Ownership and Ownership Heterogeneity: Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Behavior and Ways out of the Dilemma (organized by Katarina Sikavica, Anja Tuschke and Amy Hillman): Katarina Sikavica, Anja Tuschke and Amy Hillman (2010): CEO Psychological Ownership and Interest Alignment: Implications for Corporate Diversification. Presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Cultivating Exclusion: Complexities of Sustainability Certification in the Food Sector (organized by Marten van der Kamp and Stephanie Welcomer): Katarina Sikavica (2010): Identity Construction, Political Activity and Market Structure: The Case of Organic Farming. Presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.

There and Back Again: The Modification of Modern Agricultural Processes and Systems (organized by Brandon Lee and Wesley D. Sine): Katarina Sikavica and Jo-Ellen Pozner (2009): Paradise Sold: Identity, Resource Partitioning and Organizational Form in the Organic Farming Industry. Presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, in Chicago, USA.

Invited Talks (selection)

Katarina Sikavica (2016): What is Ownership and Why Should We Care?  Shaking the Foundations of Governance – Ownership. Seminar hosted by the UK Policy Governance Association and CRSA Forum, Supported by Mazars LLP. London, Nov. 1, 2016.

Katarina Sikavica (2015): The Meaning of Ownership: Who Owns the Modern Corporation? 12th International Annual Policy Governance Association, Vancouver June 18-20, 2015.

Katarina Sikavica (2015): Strategic Shareholder Management: Directors’ Best Answer to Shareholder Activism. Actvist Investing Europe Annual Conference, London, May 19, 2015.

Katarina Sikavica (2015): Strategisches Aktionärsmanagement. Interview mit Director’s Channel. Link zum Interview.

Katarina Sikavica (2014): Strategisches Aktionärsmanagement: Eine Herausforderung für VR-Sekretäre. Hochschule Luzern: Verwaltungsratsseminar zum Thema: VR-Sekretäre: Aufgaben und Herausforderungen, Luzern, Oct. 22, 2014.

Katarina Sikavica (2013): Who Owns Swiss Firms and Why Does it Matter? CFA Society Switzerland, Continuing Educations Luncheon Geneva, Sept. 13 and Zurich, Sept. 18, 2013 . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUzuXpd7yQM&feature=youtu.be 

Katarina Sikavica (2013): How Employee Owners’ Identity and Control Orientation Impact their Involvement in Decisions Control. Beyster Symposium & Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso orgnized by Rutgers University in La Jolla, CA, USA, June 23-25, 2013.

Katarina Sikavica (2013): On the Role of Labor in Corporate Governance: Employee Shareholders’ Organizational Identification and their Voting Behavior in Support or Opposition to Management. University of Zurich, Switzerland, June 17, 2013.

Katarina Sikavica (2012): On Rebels and Partners: How Activists’ Identity Impacts their Targeting Decisions. University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Nov. 9, 2012.

Katarina Sikavica (2012): Beyond External Constraints on Expropriation: How Large Shareholder Power and Preference Heterogeneity Affect Firm Valuation. HEC Lausanne, Switzerland. April 4th, 2012.

Katarina Sikavica (2011): If you can’t beat them – join them? Aktionärsdemokratie in status-segmentierten Kapitalmärkten. Kongress der Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: „Perspektiven für wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Fortschritt. Berlin, Nov. 30, 2011.

Katarina Sikavica (2010): Shareholder Activism by Small Shareholders: On the Emergence of Social Identity and Small Shareholder Group Formation. Forschungskolloquium Sozialpsychologie, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany. December 15, 2009.

Katarina Sikavica (2009): Towards a Behavioral Theory of Corporate Ownership. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. March 10, 2009.