The best and most agressive way to run a serious company is to make sure there are never any investor rewards except the relation with book value driving stock price. All the money should go into lowering the cost of product while increasing its quality. Raise wages, do anything but never ever provide a dividend. Buy back all the stock, delist the firm and issue it all to employees but none for management or execs. The important thing is max value for customers and society and worker stake holders while screwing Wall St any way possible.
Id anyone says there is a legal obligation to make a profit- correction, there is not, there is only the obligation to not evade taxes by hiding profit.