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Shareholder Ownership and the Company as a Social Contract -Bridging the Gap
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis will try to combine shareholder ownership of a company with the notion of viewing thecompany as a social contract.Even if viewing the company as a social contract is usually considered to be part of the stakeholdertheory this view is not incompatible with the shareholder centred approaches.Through motivating the social contract view of businesses and discussion the advantages ofadopting a shareholder centred approach to company ownership this thesis will form the basis of asocial contract that would be agreed by the shareholders of the company. A part of this paper will also be dedicated to discussing how the shareholders could change the current companies to reflectmore closely on the contract they would initially have agreed on.

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2014. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Shareholder theory, stakeholder theory, social contract theory, shareholder activism, company ownership, shareholder ownership
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107691ISRN: LIU-CTE-AE-EX--14/03--SEOAI: diva2:726607
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Master in Applied Ethics
2014-06-03, 14:58 (English)
Available from: 2014-06-18 Created: 2014-06-18 Last updated: 2014-06-18Bibliographically approved

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