Managing the narrative: Investor relations officers and corporate disclosure✰ Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Elsevier B.V. Investor relations officers (IROs) play a central role in corporate communications with Wall Street. We survey 610 IROs at U.S. public companies and conduct 14 follow-up interviews to deepen our understanding of the role of IROs in corporate disclosure events. Three important themes emerge from our results: (i) the value, nature, and timing of private communication between IROs, analysts, and investors; (ii) the significant influence IROs have on corporate disclosures; and (iii) the degree of “theater” involved in public earnings conference calls, even the Q&A portion. We provide insights into the investor relations, analyst, institutional investor, and disclosure literatures.

author list (cited authors)

  • Brown, L. D., Call, A. C., Clement, M. B., & Sharp, N. Y.

citation count

  • 36

publication date

  • February 2019