Uses an innovative approach to analyze the long-standing claim that companies exist to maximize shareholder value. Five statements supporting this claim are tested using mathematical logic. Each one is found to be false. The community of business theorists, consultants, academics, and management practitioners that espouse shareholder value as the singular purpose of business are thus shown, from this perspective, to be wrong.
Management Decision – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 2001
Keywords: Management; Shareholder value analysis; Stakeholders