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Evolutions in Corporate Governance - Towards an Ethical Framework for Business Conduct

In a world where the implications and consequences of corporate actions and decisions are potentially far-reaching and lasting, ethical standards - their observance and their breach - must be part of the language of business conduct, whether in the context of corporate transgressions, regulatory effectiveness, terms of engagement between business and their stakeholders, or the metrics used by investors in assessing performance and risk and understanding long-term value. This critically important book proposes a new paradigm for understanding, developing and maintaining standards of corporate governance. Its point of departure is not a position along the diverse paths of traditional corporate governance and regulatory theory, law and practice, nor specific questions of how to institute, implement and observe policies and practices that function as proxies for good governance. Instead, it starts with the idea of framing governance generally, and corporate governance specifically, as a matter of conduct that is guided by a set of fundamental ideals and principles. Evolutions in Corporate Governance attempts to answer the wider question of how to re-imagine a framework within which "good" corporate governance - that takes account of and is responsible for the social, environmental, ethical as well as legal and economic dimensions of business conduct - is addressed alongside issues of profitability and competition, in the face of forces of globalization and business influence that are testing the limits of what can be accomplished by traditional law and regulation. Dempsey contends that meaningful change in behaviour will only come when there is a corporate governance framework that explicitly encompasses both law and ethics.

Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing in association with GSE Research

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Free Content Preliminary Material
pp. i-xiii(13)
Author: Dempsey, Alison L.

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Introduction
pp. 1-9(9)
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Governance and ethics
pp. 10-12(3)
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Governance in the spotlight, again
pp. 13-24(12)
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The expectations gap
pp. 25-33(9)
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Common language, distinct paths
pp. 35-37(3)
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The ‘United Kingdom approach’
pp. 38-52(15)
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The ‘United States approach’
pp. 53-63(11)
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European approaches
pp. 64-75(12)
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Beyond the ‘either/or’ paradigm
pp. 76-77(2)
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From debate to innovation
pp. 79-89(11)
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A matter of form and substance
pp. 90-102(13)
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Reframing corporate governance
pp. 131-143(13)
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Different voices: Evolving governance discourse
pp. 144-162(19)
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Enabling change: Building a positive communication platform
pp. 163-172(10)
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Governance: Setting new standards
pp. 173-187(15)
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Understanding ‘good’ governance
pp. 189-202(14)
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Discourse and conduct: From words to substantive change
pp. 203-219(17)
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Ethics as first-order regulation
pp. 221-228(8)
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Commitment and action
pp. 229-233(5)
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Free Content Supplementary Material
pp. 234-277(44)
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