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Talking like an institutional investor: On the gentle voices of financial giants
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Institutional investors, such as mutual funds, insurance companies and pension funds, are large shareholder organizations commissioned to manage other people’s money. They have emerged as influential front figures of the responsible investment industry claiming to make money and make a difference and positioning themselves as the ‘active’ and ‘responsible’ do-gooders of finance. These intermediary organizations have in a relatively short time grown in size and scope and now dominate corporate ownership globally. Institutional investors have, at that, emerged as front figures of the responsible investing industry. They are normative and fostering financial actors that aim to, in their view, better the way companies conduct their businesses.

I suggest that ‘voice’ must be seen is the most important and defining feature of the large and influential new powerhouses of finance. I will, more specifically, show how institutional investors use ‘voice’, ‘dialogue’ and ‘small talk’ with the intent to (1) define and position themselves as a particular type of financial market actor, (2) foster and try to change companies that they own shares in, and (3) set new standards for the investment industry.

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2013.
Keyword [en]
anthropology of organization, anthropology of finance, institutional investors, responsible investing
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Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94687OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-94687DiVA: diva2:654803
Conference
Govemark Network Conference
Available from: 2013-10-08 Created: 2013-10-08 Last updated: 2013-10-24

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