An editorial in the Harvard Business Review heavily criticizes GM for bowing to a group of activist investors and buying back $8 billion in stock. The piece rails against the idea of these buybacks in general.
General Motors is agreeing to a $5 billion stock buy-back and other provisions in exchange for Harry J. Wilson not running for a seat on its board. The compromise ends an attempt by activist investors to return even more money to shareholders.
General Motors has retained Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for "advice" on how to respond to activist investor Harry J. Wilson. He leads a group of four investment funds who want GM to spend $8 billion on a share buyback to raise its stock value, and he wants a seat on the board.