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The Firm Divided

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A battle is being fought within corporations. Shareholders want managers to make their shares as valuable as possible, managers want shareholders to leave them alone, and the board of directors is caught in the middle. The Firm Divided shows how strong boards persuade managers to do what's best for shareholders-and why weak boards don't. Graeme Guthrie blends the stories of particular firms and individuals with the insights of scholarly research, enhancing understanding of how seemingly separate events are consequences of the separation of ownership and control, the ultimate cause of manager-shareholder conflict. Boards of directors can affect the outcome of this conflict by monitoring managers, providing incentives for managers to work in shareholders' best interests, delegating monitoring to outside parties, and influencing the effectiveness of the market for corporate control. How directors do this depends on how they weigh their fiduciary duty to shareholders against the close ties that bind them to senior executives. The Firm Divided provides conceptual insight, underpinned by research into corporate governance, into board-manager interactions. It shows how tools that can benefit shareholders when used by strong boards can actually harm shareholders when used by weak boards. Guthrie provides a 360 degree view of firms, exploring the ways in which each player pursues their own goals, with examples from a range of firms in diverse industries.


Graeme Guthrie is a professor in the School of Economics and Finance at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research has appeared in the top journals on finance and economics, and as a consultant he has provided advice on a wide variety of issues in relation to agriculture, electricity, gas, real estate, and telecommunications, much of it using real options analysis. He is the author of Real Options in Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press).


Contents Preface v I Monitor 1 1 A gadfly in the ointment The consequences of separating ownership and control 3 2 Whose side are you on? The role of the board of directors 23 3 Overseeing the unseeable The conflict between managers and shareholders 47 II Motivate 69 4 Narrowing the gap The incentives generated by managerial ownership 71 5 A primer on pay Executive compensation and efficient contracting 97 6 Hiding high pay Executive compensation and managerial power 135 7 Separating the wheat from the chaff Incentives generated by executives' career concerns 169 IIIDelegate 205 8 With one hand tied behind their back Delegating monitoring to external capital markets 207 9 No skin in the game Delegating monitoring to financial analysts 239 10 Crashing the party Delegating monitoring to large shareholders 275 IVSell 309 11 A new broom The market for corporate control 311 12 Bypassing the board Offensive tactics in hostile takeovers 341 13 Fighting back Defensive tactics in hostile takeovers 377 V The rules of the game matter as well 413 14 Caught in the middle Reforming the legal and regulatory environment 415 Epilog 431 Acknowledgments 433 Notes 435 Bibliography 509


Titel: The Firm Divided
Untertitel: Manager-Shareholder Conflict and the Fight for Control of the Modern Corporation
EAN: 9780190641191
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Hersteller: Oxford University Press
Genre: Wirtschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Veröffentlichung: 01.03.2017
Dateigrösse: 9.2 MB