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In search of an alternative to shareholder value maximization

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  • Giraud, Gaël

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    (CNRS, Paris School of Economics, ESCP-Europe)

  • Renouard, Cécile

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    (ESSEC Business School)

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    This paper argues that mainstream economic the- ory, far from providing an indisputable plea in favor of shareholder value-maximization, o ers striking arguments showing quite the opposite : pro t-maximization cannot be a legitimate prioritarian goal for private rms. This opens the door for a widening of a company's goal. We argue that it should include the concern of all the stakeholders of a company, and cannot be adequately addressed uniquely by Pigouvian taxes or by property rights. Coming to terms with this broad understanding of a company's goal should imply the internalization of the stakeholders' concern within the legal structure of the firm as in the case of the scic in France or the cic in the UK.

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    Paper provided by ESSEC Research Center, ESSEC Business School in its series ESSEC Working Papers with number WP1108.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: 08 Jul 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:ebg:essewp:dr-11008

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    Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; shareholder value; stakeholder value; incomplete markets; limited liability; property rights; collateral; cooperative;

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