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Advances in Corporate GovernanceComparative Perspectives$
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Helmut K. Anheier and Theodor Baums

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198866367

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198866367.001.0001

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Corporate Governance: What Are the Issues?

Corporate Governance: What Are the Issues?

(p.10) 2 Corporate Governance: What Are the Issues?
Advances in Corporate Governance

Helmut K. Anheier

Christoph M. Abels

Oxford University Press

Traditionally, corporate governance is about agency problems caused by the division of ownership and control. This chapter moves beyond this understanding. Starting with a theoretical overview, the chapter reviews different approaches to corporate governance and discusses shareholder primacy in light of the increasing demand for corporate social responsibility. Afterwards, a brief history of the development of corporate governance codes is given, followed by the role of corporate governance during the global financial crisis. Different corporate governance mechanisms, such as independent directors, board composition, and member diversity, as well as executive remuneration are subsequently discussed. Problems specific to corporate governance of technology companies are also highlighted, as well as the lessons Germany’s co-determination law can teach for the understanding of board diversity. The chapter concludes with a brief reflection on shareholder primacy, a diversifying corporate world, and the future of corporate governance codes.

Keywords:   corporate governance, corporate governance codes, corporate social responsibility, agency theory, financial crisis, technology companies, co-determination, board composition

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