Dichotomy between Stakeholders and Management

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In light of recent global business scandals, corporate governance has become a significant topic. It can be understood as a dichotomy between the shareholders and the management of a company. Navigating this relationship is often problematic as the shareholders provide oversight while management makes daily executive decisions on their behalf. When managed appropriately, this balance between shareholders and management can result in improved efficiency, conflict resolution and a contribution to improving the standards and efficiency of the entire operation. This paper will examine the nature of both roles, how they often are in conflict and discuss the corporate ethics of this relationship. For a student of business organization, understanding how varying elements of a company resolve their issues is critical and can serve as a lesson that can be applied in other endeavors. There is a Chinese proverb that a fish rots from the head. This statement underlies the importance of leadership in any organized activity. In understanding the dichotomy between shareholders and management it is critical to define exactly what the role of the shareholder encompasses. According to Fama (1980), a shareholder is an individual that owns a part of a public or private corporation. To fulfill their role, shareholders must have certain skill sets to allow them to make good decisions for the firm. First, they must be comfortable in an authority position while being able to provide constructive
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