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- The Evolving Corporation: economy, law, and society
- The Dutch East India Company: the first corporate governance debacle
- English East India Company-State and The Modern Corporation: the google of its time?
- Socializing Capital: the rise of the industrial corporation
- From Berle to the Present: the shifting primacies of corporation theory
- Understanding the Roots of Shareholder Primacy: the meaning of agency theory, and the conditions of its contagion
- Corporate Purpose: legal interpretations and empirical evidence
- Corporate Law as a Solution to Team Production Problems
- Corporations as Sempiternal Legal Persons
- Finance Capitalism, the Financialized Corporation, and Countervailing Power
- The Neoliberal Corporation
- Theorizing the Corporation: liberal, confucian, and socialist perspectives
- Global Corporations and Global Value Chains: the disaggregation of corporations?
- Growth Strategies of the New Multinationals
- Corporations, Organization, and Human Action: an anthropological critique of agency theory
- The Japanese Corporation: community, purpose, and strategy
- Dynamic Capabilities, the Multinational Corporation, and Capture oF Co-created Value from Innovation
- The Theory Of Innovative Enterprise: foundations of economic analysis
- Corporations In The Clouds?: the transformation of the corporation in an era of disruptive innovations
- The Changing Nature of The Corporation and The Economic Theory of The Firm
- Corporate Responsibility and the Embedded Firm: a critical reappraisal
- The Greening of the Corporation
- Corporate Sustainability In A Fragile Planet
- Transcending The Corporation: social enterprise, cooperatives, and commons-based governance
- The Evolution of Corporate Form: from shareholders’ property to the corporation as commons
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explains the team production problem as described in economic theory, and presents the argument, first developed by Blair and Stout, that boards of directors serve as a solution to the team production problem. The chapter reviews the legal structure and duties of boards of directors under corporate law to show that directors are called on to make many of the most conflict-laden decisions that must be made in corporations. Thus many of the details of corporate law are consistent with the idea that a primary function of boards of directors is to mediate among important competing interests in the corporation and thereby resolve or head off disputes. The chapter discusses new empirical evidence about what directors do and how they affect the performance of corporations.
Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise, Vanderbilt Law School, Vanderbilt University
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