This important work considers in detail the changes in the forms and responsibilities of the corporate form. It will develop and deepen the reader’s understanding of the key concepts involved and analyse the contemporary debates regarding the significance and influence of the evolving company. The text aims to promote awareness of the changing environment in which business decisions are made and implemented. There is in-depth consideration of the philosophical and institutional basis of business incorporation, and the need for legitimacy, accountability and long-term sustainability are also discussed. Finally, a possible proactive approach to operating within the changing business environment is outlined.
The book is written for postgraduate students on business and management courses.
The Company Form
The Legitimacy of Companies
Changing Corporate Governance
Developments in Company Social Accountability
Responding to Green and Human Rights Challenges
Forces Shaping Future Companies
Radical Reform of the Company
Reform of the Company
Restore the Company
Replace the Company
Evaluation and Conclusions
Richard C. Warren is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Business Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
"An excellent and thorough examination of what I am sure is going to be one of the principal issues of the future..." -- Will Hutton, Chief Executive, the Industrial Society. "...an ambitious examination into the legal form of the company or its legal code of governance...This is a thoughtful book... a major contribution... for the undergraduate and postgraduate reader of the text..." -- Corporate Governance: An International Review.