Corporations in Evolving Diversity: Cognition, Governance, and Institutions

Hardcover | May 8, 2010

byMasahiko Aoki

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The present global economic crisis demands we look anew at the role of corporations, and the working of financial markets around the world. In this challenging and insightful book, one of our most eminent economists provides a compelling new analysis of the corporate firm; the role ofshareholders, managers and workers; and institutional governance structures.In recent decades the firm has predominantly been seen as an organization run and governed in the interests of shareholders, where managers act as the agent of shareholders, and the workers simply as instruments for share-value maximization. This book reverses this viewpoint. It sees corporations ascognitive systems where 'cognitive actions' are distributed amongst managers and workers, with shareholders in effect supplying 'cognitive tools' to them. Aoki analyses the different relationships that can exist between shareholders, managers, and workers from this perspective, and identifies arange of different models of organizational architecture and associated governance structures. He also discusses ways in which corporations act as players in social and political games, as well as global economic games; how these inter-related social dynamics may change particular, distinctivestructures into the diversity incorporated in the global corporate landscape; and how they now call for new roles for financial markets.

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The present global economic crisis demands we look anew at the role of corporations, and the working of financial markets around the world. In this challenging and insightful book, one of our most eminent economists provides a compelling new analysis of the corporate firm; the role ofshareholders, managers and workers; and institutiona...

Masahiko Aoki is the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Professor Emeritus of Japanese Studies in the Economics Department, and Senior Fellow of Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. He is also the Director of the Virtual Center for Advanced ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199218536

ISBN - 13:9780199218530

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: What Do Corporations Do?2. Frames of Corporate Cognition and Governance3. Societal Games that Corporations Play4. How do Institutions Evolve?5. The Evolving Diversity of the Corporate Landscape: "Convergence to Diversity"?