Not so myopic: Investors lowering short-term growth expectations under high industry ESG-sales-related dynamism and predictability

Pankaj C. Patel, John A. Pearce II, Pejvak Oghazi*

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Abstract

Past studies on the effects of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) scores on firm performance have found mixed support. To further unpack these findings, we focus on the effects of industry-level dynamism and the predictability of ESG scores on sales and investor expectations on the prospects of firm growth. Dynamism (predictability) is based on the standard error (R-squared) of industry ESG ratings regressed on industry sales. Taking an investor's perspective, we focus on a forward-looking performance measure, specifically, the implied volatility in a firm's 365-day at-the-money call options. Our findings show that although industry ESG-sales dynamism and predictability lower a firm's implied volatility, a higher firm-level ESG rating mitigates the decline in the implied volatility under increasing ESG-sales dynamism. The findings show that investors expect lower short-term growth potential of industry firms with experimentation in leveraging ESG to increase sales (i.e., dynamism) and only lower their discounts in growth expectations for firms with higher ESG scores. The industry-level dynamics among ESG scores and sales and investor growth expectations in the form of implied volatility are added considerations in studying ESG and performance relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Research
Volume128
Pages (from-to)551-563
Number of pages13
ISSN0148-2963
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • environmental performance
  • financial performance
  • implied volatility
  • sustainability

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