4th Global Peter Drucker Forum

Shareholder Value – a theory that changed the course of history – for the better or the worse?

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During the past 30 years, “maximizing shareholder value” has unquestionably become our dominant economic creed with a vast impact on management practice.   Michael Jensen and William Meckling, authors of the famous 1976 Journal of Financial Economics article “Theory of the Firm: Managerial Behavior, Agency Cost and Ownership Structure,” can rightly claim that their paper changed the way corporations have operated: how they’ve been governed, how their top executives have been compensated, what strategic priorities they’ve set, and how they’ve dealt with their human resources.   One might argue, in short, that the article has had a transformative effect on a broad scale—so much so that we should ask whether the recent worldwide economic crisis […]

4th Global Peter Drucker Forum

Management must be a public concern – putting Europe back on a growth path

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Welcome to the new Global Peter Drucker Forum Blog.   As President of the Peter Drucker Society Europe I would like to introduce myself with this short bio. While I will be the main author I will also invite distinguished guest authors to contribute. The blog will cover key management subjects mainly related to the Drucker Forum.     When we discuss management as a key issue for society these days the word has a mostly negative connotation – we tend to talk about management in terms of the damages that short-termism, off-shoring, greed and bad management (in particular in the financial services sector) are inflicting on society.   A round table last week at […]