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Protecting long-term commitment: legal and organizational means

Levillain, Kevin; Parker, Simon; Ridley-Duff, Rory; Segrestin, Blanche; Veldman, Jeroen; Willmott, Hugh


Kevin Levillain

Assistant Professor in Human Resource_*d Management Organisational Behaviour

Rory Ridley-Duff

Blanche Segrestin

Jeroen Veldman

Hugh Willmott


Ciaran Driver

Grahame Thompson


Growing attention is being paid to the benefits of considering the long-term interests of multiple constituencies in corporate governance. A theory of the corporation where fiduciary duties of directors point to the legal entity and not to its shareholders goes beyond a pure prioritization of shareholders’ interests. However, the notion that board members mediate the interests of all constituencies fails to account for a ‘positive’ conception of corporate purpose and underlying asymmetries in allocations of rights between stakeholders. Addressing corporate governance as a fundamentally ‘open’ model for organizational structuring, we engage with a variety of legal mechanisms that can be used to implement and protect a positive purpose for the modern corporation and to protect the conditions of credible commitment to manage the company for the interest of corporate constituencies, to commit the corporation to a social or environmental purpose and to take into account multiple time-horizons.


Levillain, K., Parker, S., Ridley-Duff, R., Segrestin, B., Veldman, J., & Willmott, H. (2018). Protecting long-term commitment: legal and organizational means. In C. Driver, & G. Thompson (Eds.), Corporate Governance in Contention (42-65). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Acceptance Date Jul 4, 2018
Publication Date 2018-06
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2018
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 42-65
Edition 1st
Book Title Corporate Governance in Contention
Chapter Number 3
ISBN 9780198805274
Keywords corporate governance; corporate architecture; social enterprise; profit with purpose; long-term organization
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