Examples of long-term and short-term decision-making in the UK, Delaware and Germany – gap-filling exercise in the context of the shareholder v. stakeholder debate and share ownership structure of the company

Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2018) Examples of long-term and short-term decision-making in the UK, Delaware and Germany – gap-filling exercise in the context of the shareholder v. stakeholder debate and share ownership structure of the company. European Business Law Review, 29(2), pp. 237-290.

Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2018) Examples of long-term and short-term decision-making in the UK, Delaware and Germany – gap-filling exercise in the context of the shareholder v. stakeholder debate and share ownership structure of the company. European Business Law Review, 29(2), pp. 237-290.

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Abstract

This paper explores the extent to which the law in the UK, Delaware and Germany imposes an obligation on directors of solvent public companies to take into account the long-term consequences of their decisions while establishing the content and scope of long-termism in these three legal systems. This research draws on the academic literature and performs a gap-filling exercise by identifying examples of long-term decision-making in these jurisdictions, as well as examples of decision-making and conduct that is not long-term in nature. In the gap-filling exercise, case studies are presented in the context of (i) the contemporary shareholder v. stakeholder debate in corporate governance scholarship and (ii) the relevance of the share ownership structure of the company. These two important debates are used as variables to cast light on the ambit of the notion of long-termism, and the structural differences and similarities between the corporate governance systems and concepts of long-termism in the UK, Delaware and Germany.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, Dr Katarzyna
Authors: Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:European Business Law Review
Publisher:Kluwer Law International
ISSN:0959-6941
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Kluwer Law International
First Published:First published in European Business Law Review 29(2): 237-290
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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