CHAPTER 3

The Future of Corporate Governance

Christian Strenger

Corporate Governance—Its Background and Essentials

Corporate Governance is today best described as the “art of good house-keeping” for and at companies. Its aim is to deliver a framework for the running and the control of corporations to achieve sustainable well-being and progress for its stakeholders—the shareholders, the employees, the clients, and the environment they act in. How did it become an important part of the economic life?

After severe company failures already in the 1970s and 1980s, the necessity for a new set of rules led to first steps toward codified governance with the first code in the United Kingdom, named after its father Sir Adrian Cadbury (Cadbury Code). The ...

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