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Why stakeholder and stockholder theories are not necessarily contradictory: A knightian insight

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  • Velamuri, Rama

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    (IESE Business School)

  • Venkataraman, Sankaran

    (Darden Graduate School of Business Administration)

Abstract

The normative foundations of the investor centered model of corporate governance, represented in mainstream economics by the nexus-of-contracts view of the firm, have come under attack, mainly by proponents of normative stakeholder theory. We argue that the nexus-of-contracts view is static and limited due to its assumption of price-output certainty. We attempt a synthesis of the nexus-of-contracts and the Knightian views, which provides novel insights into the normative adequacy of the investor-centered firm. Implications for scholarship and management practice follow from our discussion.

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Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/591.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 30 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0591

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Keywords: Theory of the firm; corporate governance; entrepreneurship; business ethics; stakeholder theory;

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  1. S. Certo & Catherine Dalton & Dan Dalton & Richard Lester, 2008. "Boards of Directors’ Self Interest: Expanding for Pay in Corporate Acquisitions?," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 77(2), pages 219-230, January.
  2. Nicholas Dew & Saras Sarasvathy, 2007. "Innovations, Stakeholders & Entrepreneurship," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 74(3), pages 267-283, September.

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