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Behaviour and rationality in corporate governance

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  • Oliver Marnet
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    The agency view of corporate governance requires effective monitors and gatekeepers to align the interests of the agent with those of the principal. One common denominator in recent corporate debacles appears to be the collective failure of gatekeepers and monitors. This paper suggests that conventional proposals to reform corporate governance through legislation, codes of best practice, and the like, are necessary, but underestimate the pressures from conflicts of interest and bias which reputation intermediaries face in their interaction with colleagues and clients. The aim of this paper is to integrate various strands of the literature on corporate governance, cognitive research and behavioural economics to shed light on questions regarding the independence of boards of directors and external auditors.

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    Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Behavioural Accounting and Finance.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 4-22

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    Handle: RePEc:ids:ijbeaf:v:1:y:2008:i:1:p:4-22

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    Keywords: behaviour; rationality; corporate governance; audit; directors; monitoring failure; heuristics; bias; gatekeepers; monitors; conflicts of interest; cognitive research; behavioural economics; independence; boards of directors; external auditors.;

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    1. Gérard Charreaux, 2011. "Quelle théorie pour la gouvernance?De la gouvernance actionnariale à la gouvernance cognitive et comportementale," Working Papers CREGO 1110402, Université de Bourgogne - CREGO EA7317 Centre de recherches en gestion des organisations.

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