Towards a Stakeholder Theory of Strategic Management

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This paper suggests that due to the changing nature of the firm, viewing shareholders as the sole residual claimants is an increasingly tenuous description of the actual relationships among a corporation’s various stakeholders. Thus, a shareholder wealth perspective is increasingly unsatisfactory for accurately answering the two fundamental questions concerning the theory of the firm: that of economic value creation, and the distribution of this economic value. Examining the corporation from a (team production) property rights perspective of incomplete contracting and implicit contracting provides a foundation for the revitalization of a stakeholder theory of the firm in the strategic management discipline.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTowards a New Theory of the Firm
Subtitle of host publicationHumanizing the Firm and the Management Profession
EditorsJoan Enric Ricart Costa, Josep Maria Rosanas Marti
Place of PublicationBilbao, Spain
StatePublished - 2012


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