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Corporate governance as a reform movement


Mees, B, Corporate governance as a reform movement, Journal of Management History, 21, (2) pp. 194-209. ISSN 1751-1348 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited

DOI: doi:10.1108/JMH-01-2014-0015


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to consider the way in which agency theory has crowded out other approaches to understanding the governance of modern businesses. The paper rescues the meaning and context which informed the American corporate governance reform movement originally and demonstrates how the economically predicated agency approach became dominant in academic considerations of corporate governance.

Design/methodology/approach Both primary and secondary sources were considered in a Foucauldian history of ideas approach.

Findings - Other approaches to corporate governance have been pushed out of the mainstream of corporate governance discourse by an economic model which excludes many of the key issues which informed the notion originally.

Practical implications - Dominant academic attitudes to corporate governance have occluded other ways in which the governance of corporations can be understood.

Originality/value - Previous accounts of corporate governance have ignored the alternative approaches represented before agency theory became dominant.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:corporate governance, reform
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Corporate governance
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Mees, B (Dr Bernard Mees)
ID Code:129056
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-11-06
Last Modified:2018-12-14

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