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Corporate governance e società della conoscenza. Tra teoria e prassi


  • Luciano PILOTTI


  • Enzo RULLANI



In this work we redefine governance in a way that goes beyond the traditional separation between power and control in a multi-stakeholders model setting. Governance is defined as a sustainable/ecological process of power sharing and legitimacy acquisition both within and outside the company. Our major focus in this paper is on the sustainability of such a process. We argue that there are two major neg-entropic and self-organizing forces, which have found only little room in the current debate, and that, according to our perspective, change profoundly the way the problem of governance has been traditionally faced: knowledge and ethics. Considering these two main forces leads us to two major conclusions about reflexive firms as process-engine to consolidate cooperation and altruism between agents not always self-interested also if often interested to make huge quantity of money and high profits. A new meta-Corporation where management can’t be a simple neutral technical function but an emotional intelligence, a motivational resource of organization to rebuilding an evolutionary sharing identity. The first is that the sustainability of this ecological process of governance requires stakeholder sharing a common set of goals and values ex-ante rather than ex-post, when this value has been already defined. The second is to draft the elements of meta-corporation that is capable to do both as sense making like sharing interests of stakeholders and management, or facing and manage multidimensional complexity of “personal capitalism”, peer production, emergent systems, extreme events, hyper extended networks. In a simple word a great or small network company able to building sustainable ecologies of value.

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  • Luciano PILOTTI & Enzo RULLANI, 2007. "Corporate governance e società della conoscenza. Tra teoria e prassi," Departmental Working Papers 2007-06, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
  • Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2007-06

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    1. Luciano PILOTTI & Andrea GANZAROLI & Antonio LORENZON & Luigi ORSI, 2007. "Local embeddedness and internationalization of SME: a comparative analysis of nine local production systems in Emilia Romagna," Departmental Working Papers 2007-20, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
    2. Sergio Barile & Mario Calabrese & Francesca Iandolo & Nunzio Giudice, 2013. "L'apprendimento organizzativo: un'analisi dello sviluppo paradigmatico," ESPERIENZE D'IMPRESA, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2013(1), pages 5-34.

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    Governance; corporation; knowledge; multistakeholders; ecologies of value;

    JEL classification:

    • M21 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - Business Economics
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L17 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Open Source Products and Markets

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