Shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world

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Topic 5: ‘Shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world’ (Welch, 2009). Discuss.
Essential reading includes, but it is not limited to:
Chang, H-O (2009) 23 Things they don’t tell you about capitalism. London: Penguin.
Dore, R. (2006) Stock Market Capitalism, Welfare Capitalism. Japan and Germany versus the Anglo-Saxons, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 4: Corporate Governance: From the employee-favouring firm to the shareholder-favouring firm (pp. 71-132).
Deakin, S. and Konzelmann, S. J. (2003) After ENRON: An Age of Enlightenment?, Organization, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. 583-587.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Koen, C. I. (2005) Comparative International Management, London: McGraw-Hill. Chapter 6: Comparative Corporate Governance
Lazonick, W. and O’Sullivan, M. (2000) ‘Maximizing shareholder value: a new ideology for corporate governance’. Economy and Society, 29, 13-35.
Page, (2012) Co-determination in Germany: A Beginners Guide.
Sorge, A., Noorderhaven, N., and Koen, C. (2015) Comparative International Management. Second Edition. Abingdon: Routledge. Chapter 6: Comparative Corporate Governance
Content
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Basic Structure
Each essay will be different but a typical structure will normally consist of:
•    Introduction (250 words) where you let the reader know how you interpret the question and how plan to answer it.
•    Body (2000 words) where you develop your argument.
•    Conclusions (250 words) where you finish your essay by referring back to the question and clearly stating how you answered it. No new content here.
•    Bibliography (no word limit) where you include all works cited in your essay (‘references’) as well as those works you consulted but not cited (‘works also consulted’).
Format
•    Use font Times New Roman size 12 (black), with 1.5 line spacing.
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•    Use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. Do not use reductions (can’t; don’t etc – instead cannot, do not etc.). Pay attention to font and layout – do not use italics throughout, for example, and avoid fancy typefaces. Space out your paragraphs and provide a margin for markers’ comments.
Referencing
•    Refer to the literature and incorporate concepts, frameworks, models and theories into your discussion. Having done so, attribute these – explain who developed a particular model or idea, who carried out the research to which you have referred, etc.
•    Any quotations used in your work must be acknowledged by giving their source (Author, Book Title, Publisher, Year, pages). Give the author’s name and year of publication immediately after the quotation in brackets (Handy, 1998) and the full reference (Handy, C The Hungry Spirit London: Arrow Books 1998 pp 187-9) in the bibliography at the end of your essay. Any ideas you take from a book, a website or other source must be acknowledged by reference to the author and book as above, and the details of the book must be included in a bibliography.  Failure to do so will constitute plagiarism

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