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Opportunism, Stewardship, and the Dynamics of Conflict in a Theory of Corporate Governance

  • Peter Wirtz

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    (Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II))

This paper aims at increasing conceptual precision with respect to the role of conflict in a theory of corporate governance. It searches to complement traditional approaches to governance problems, typically conducted according to an exclusively disciplinary perspective, by introducing a cognitive argument. The latter allows for an explanation of conflict in situations where the CEO, far from always pursuing opportunistic aims, is himself convinced of having the conduct of a good steward. The case study of a hostile takeover attempt illustrates the proposed explanation and shows that certain governance mechanisms are capable of initiating a learning process, inducing convergence of apparently conflicting interests.

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Paper provided by Université de Bourgogne - CREGO EA7317 Centre de recherches en gestion des organisations in its series Working Papers CREGO with number 1020101.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2002
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Handle: RePEc:dij:wpfarg:1020101
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