Tag Archives | theory

Call for Papers: Purpose, Use, Potential Misuse of Stock Prices in Public Equity Market

Purpose, Use, Potential Misuse of Stock Prices in Public Equity Market Deadline for Proposals:  November 15, 2013 Author Presentation of Findings:  September 19, 2014 The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute & The Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership have initiated a joint effort to better understand the purpose, use and potential misuse of stock prices in […]

Continue Reading ·

Review – Competition, Diversity and Economic Performance: Processes, Complexities and Ecological Similarities

Mainstream microeconomics has emphasized the search for perfectly competitive markets within a framework of equilibria in a quest to maximize economic efficiency. Tisdell argues that intense competition can reduce economic performance. He concentrates on market adjustments and the evolution of economic systems where the role of diversity, product niches, cooperation between firms and comparisons with […]

Continue Reading ·

Stakeholder Theory: Impact and Prospects

Stakeholder Theory: Impact and Prospects edited by Robert A. Phillips provides a great education in history to those of us who have been using the term “stakeholder” but who have little idea of its origins. Honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of R. Edward Freeman’s Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, Phillips assembles a collection of commentaries and critiques […]

Continue Reading ·

Review: The Corporate Objective

Although large public companies dominate the world, there is no unanimity as to their objective. Andrew Keay tackles this very important topic with skill and in considerable depth. First, he examines the two most dominant theories, shareholder primacy and stakeholder theory. Unsurprisingly, he finds them falling short and goes on to propose the inelegant but well thought out […]

Continue Reading ·

Corporate Governance and the Business Life Cycle

Corporate Governance and the Business Life Cycle (Corporate Governance in the New Global Economy), Igor Filatotchev (Editor) Most of the empirical literature on corporate governance is rooted in agency theory. While the principle-agent relationship and monitoring play a central role, governance is also concerned with entrepreneurship and contextual issues. The editor has chosen a good […]

Continue Reading ·

New Compendium Hits the High Points

Corporate Governance: A Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice (Robert W. Kolb Series) edited by H. Kent Baker and Ronald Anderson provides an excellent overview of contemporary issues in corporate governance with a primary focus on the relationship between managers and shareowners, as well as other stakeholders. One of the more interesting and creative chapters […]

Continue Reading ·

Placing Corporate Law Within a Political Context

The Corporation as Imperfect Society by Brian M. McCall articulates a corporate metaphysics rooted in the political philosophy of Aristotle. The dominant models of corporate law and philosophy are rooted in the realm of private law, especially contract, agency and property law. Corporations are viewed as a nexus of contracts or as vehicles for joint […]

Continue Reading ·

Joo Calls for Explicit Examination of Normative Foundations in Corporate Governance Theory

In his recent paper, Theories and Models of Corporate Governance, Thomas Wuil Joo (incorporated into forthcoming Corporate Governance: A Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice (Robert W. Kolb Series), briefly surveys a history of American models of the corporation. On the currently dominant model, contractarianism, he notes that whereas early contractarians insisted that corporate governance […]

Continue Reading ·

How to Govern Corporations So They Serve the Public Good: Wrong Title, Right Book

William Sun’s excellent book is less on how to govern corporations to serve the public good than it is an analysis of corporate governance from the perspective of ontology, epistemology, and sociology of knowledge. Sun does an absolutely fascinating job of tracing the development of two pre-Socratic cosmologies that continue to shape modern thought. Heraclitus […]

Continue Reading ·

Inside the Black Box

The Modern Firm, Corporate Governance and Investment (New Perspectives on the Modern Corporation), edited by Per-Olof Bjuggren and Dennis C. Mueller, explores developments in the theory of the firm, as well as how ownership structure and institutional frameworks impact performance. Below, I look at a small sample of the contributions contained in this stimulating reader. As […]

Continue Reading ·

Review: An Islamic Perspective on Governance

An Islamic Perspective on Governance (New Horizons in Money and Finance) by Zafar Iqbal and Mervyn K. Lewis reads like a carefully constructed dissertation setting forth a theory of justice, taxation, government finance and accountability, governance and corruption grounded in Islam. Indeed, it originated as an academic piece and is unlikely to find the wide audience […]

Continue Reading ·

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes