Rajesh Vijayaraghavan

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Doctoral Student

Rajesh Vijayaraghavan is a Doctoral student in the Accounting and Management area at Harvard Business School. His research interests include understanding the relationship between economic information and financial reporting transparency, accounting and risk management in financial institutions, regulation, corporate governance and performance measurement, and the applications of machine learning.

Prior to beginning his studies at HBS, Rajesh worked in Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City in their risk management division for interest rate derivatives. During his time working at the bank, he not only gained an appreciation of the value of financial, risk, and regulatory reporting but also on the importance of control systems in a large organization.

Rajesh earned a B.Tech degree from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, University of Madras, Chennai, India. He then earned an MS, pursuing course work in Computer Science and Applied Math, at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU.

Rajesh enjoys cooking, playing rhythm music, hiking, traveling, and history. His latest interests are narrating stories about the moon and Bus Number 66 to his eleven-month old son Rushil. 


Working Papers

  1. What Else Do Shareholders Want? Shareholder Proposals Contested by Firm Management

    Eugene F. Soltes, Suraj Srinivasan and Rajesh Vijayaraghavan

    Shareholder proposals provide investors an opportunity to exercise their decision rights within a firm. However, not all proposals created by shareholders receive consideration. Managers can seek permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to exclude specific proposals from the proxy statement. From 2003 to 2013, we find that managers seek to exclude 40% of all proposals they receive, but the SEC does not permit exclusion in over a quarter of the cases. Of the proposals that managers seek to exclude but the SEC does not allow, 28% win shareholder support or the firm voluntarily implements prior to a vote. Our analysis of contested shareholder proposals suggests that managers often seek to avoid the implementation of legitimate shareholder interests.

    Keywords: Voting; Business and Shareholder Relations;


    Soltes, Eugene F., Suraj Srinivasan, and Rajesh Vijayaraghavan. "What Else Do Shareholders Want? Shareholder Proposals Contested by Firm Management." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 16-132, May 2016. View Details

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