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Beyond Shareholder Value: Normative Standards for Sustainable Corporate Governance
William & Mary Business Law Review (2010)
  • Robert Sprague, University of Wyoming

This paper explores whether the modern corporate governance model is sustainable. For many, particularly large, corporations, there is a separation between ownership and management, with an emphasis by management on short-term gains at the expense of long-term sustainability. This paper explores the role of corporate directors, particularly vis-à-vis shareholders, from an interdisciplinary perspective, analyzing legal case law as well as legal, management, and finance literature. This paper then explores emerging trends in expanding notions of corporate governance that incorporate concerns beyond just shareholders, recognizing the interrelationship between business and society. It is suggested that in order to remain viable and competitive, corporations need to normalize longer views of sustainability that encompass numerous stakeholders, rather than simply trying to maximize profits during the current quarter.

  • corporate governance,
  • business judgment rule,
  • shareholder primacy
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Robert Sprague. "Beyond Shareholder Value: Normative Standards for Sustainable Corporate Governance" William & Mary Business Law Review Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2010)
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