Maximize Shareholder Value... When?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that the purpose of corporations is to maximize shareholder value.” Ok, that’s not actually what the Declaration of Independence says, but somewhere along the way we have come to treat “maximize shareholder value” with that kind of reverence. Despite the reverence, or perhaps because of it, we tend to overlook the “maximize shareholder value” maxim’s utter ambiguity in regard to time. When should shareholder value be maximized?

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