Behaviour and Rationality in Corporate Governance

1st Edition

Oliver Marnet

Routledge
Published March 7, 2011
Reference - 320 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415620345 - CAT# Y116779
Series: Routledge Studies in Corporate Governance

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Summary

Corporate scandals due to bad accounting happen far too frequently for a system of corporate governance to be deemed effective.  This book tells why the safeguards designed to prevent bad accounting so often fail.  By studying why the auditors and members of a board of directors regularly fail to deliver the truth about a company’s financial state of affairs, this provocative book explores a serious problem in the system of reporting financial information.

This book is unique in that it draws together various strands of the literature on corporate governance, accounting, law, cognitive research, psychology, behavioural economics and conventional economics to shed light on questions regarding the feasibility of independence and impartiality of boards of directors and external auditors as monitors and gatekeepers in corporate governance.  The book is essential reading for professional accountants and auditors, directors, regulators, law makers, corporate lawyers, and investment bankers.  It will appeal to all those interested in behavioural economics and corporate governance.

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