This paper forms part of the proceedings for the 6th Annual Berle Symposium (2014), which focused on Margaret Blair and Lynn Stout?s 1999 Virginia Law Review article A Team Production Theory of Corporate Law.
Blair and Stout suggested a few years after the publication of their 1999 article that their team production model was poised to emerge as part of a new corporate law ?paradigm? in the sense that Thomas Kuhn deployed the term in his widely cited The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. This paper revisits Blair and Stout?s team production theory by offering a critique of this claim and in so doing draws upon key corporate law theories and trends to offer insights concerning their model.
This paper studies how managers react to shareholder empowerment vis-à-vis governance provisions. We show that a staggered legislative change that increases noncompliance costs in the implementation of shareholder-initiated majority voting...Read more
Using a novel text-based measure of top management team diversity, covering over 70,000 top executives in over 6,500 U.S. firms from 1999 to 2014, we show that analyst forecasts are systematically more pessimistic for firms with more diverse top...Read more
In December 2018, a Corporate Governance Code aimed at large private companies was unveiled, the culmination of an industry-led effort in producing a set of best practices in large private companies. These standards would also facilitate...Read more
The analysis of corporate governance has been a one-sided affair. The focus has been on “internal” accountability mechanisms, namely boards and shareholders. Each has become more effective since debates about corporate governance began in earnest...Read more