The Modern Corporation

The Modern Corporation Project, run by Prof. Hugh Willmott and Dr. Jeroen Veldman at Cass Business School, City University, seeks to connect corporate governance to political economy. By linking the theory and practice of corporate governance, it welcomes the development of a wide-ranging debate on the the nature and consequences of contemporary corporate governance theory and practice in relation to the public purpose of the corporate form. Its contributors are leading practitioners and international academics from the fields of Company Law, Economics, Accounting, Management and Politics. This website presents succinct and authoritative statements on corporate governance, and notably on the effects of shareholder value, prepared and endorsed by these contributors.

The statements are a first step to open up a broad debate involving all stakeholders in the corporate governance domain. This was advanced in February 2014 when the Modern Corporation Project together with the Purpose of the Corporation Project, run by the Frank Bold Society, organized a conference in the European Parliament, which brought together senior businesspeople, politicians, NGO representatives, trade unionists, shareholder representatives, accounting and regulation body representatives, journalists, and academics to discuss and develop initiatives for improved corporate governance.

In 2015-2016 we organized further jurisdictional roundtables with high-level practitioners, regulators, standard setters, and academics in London, New York, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, and Oslo.

On September 28, 2016 we will conclude this series of workshops with a conference in Brussels.

Future activities will be communicated via this website and social media.

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