Ethics and Agency Theory: An Introduction

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Agency theory involves what is known as the principal-agent problem, a topic widely discussed in economics, management, and business ethics today. It is a characteristic of nearly all modern business firms that the principals (the owners and shareholders) are not the same people as the agents (the managers who run the firms for the principals). This creates situations in which the goals of the principals may not be the same as the agents--the principals will want growth in profits and stock price, while agents ...
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Overview


Agency theory involves what is known as the principal-agent problem, a topic widely discussed in economics, management, and business ethics today. It is a characteristic of nearly all modern business firms that the principals (the owners and shareholders) are not the same people as the agents (the managers who run the firms for the principals). This creates situations in which the goals of the principals may not be the same as the agents--the principals will want growth in profits and stock price, while agents may want growth in salaries and positions in the hierarchy. The fourth volume in the Ruffin Series in Business, this book explores the ethical consequences of agency theory through contributions by ethicists, economists, and management theorists.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195067989
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Series: Ruffin Series in Business Ethics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
1 Ethics and Agency Theory: An Introduction 3
I What Agency Theory and Ethics Can Learn from One Another
2 Principals, Agents, and Ethics 25
3 Agency Theory and the Ethics of Agency 59
II How Good Is Agency Theory?
4 The Theory of Agency and Organizational Analysis 75
5 Agents for the Truly Greedy 97
III Is Egoism a Necessary Assumption of Agency Theory?
6 Ethics and the New Game Theory 117
7 Accounting, Principal-Agent Theory, and Self-Interested Behavior 127
8 Why Be a Loyal Agent? A Systemic Ethical Analysis 143
9 Integrating Ethics into Doctoral Education: The Apparent Dilemma of Agency Theory 169
IV Can Agency Theory Help Explain a Conflict of Interest?
10 Conflict of Interest: An Agency Analysis 187
11 Agency, Conflicts of Interest, and Creditors' Committees: A Case Study 204
Bibliography 213
Index 229
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