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Germany’s Corporate Governance Reforms :, Has the System Become Flexible Enough?, Jürgen Odenius

This article reviews Germany's corporate governance system and the effectiveness of recent reforms. Since the early 1990s far-reaching reforms have complemented the traditional stakeholder system with important elements of the shareholder system. Instead of taking a view on the superiority of either system, this article raises the important question whether these reforms created sufficient flexibility for the market to optimize its corporate governance structure within well established social and legal norms. It concludes that there is scope for enhancing flexibility in three core areas, relating to (i) internal control mechanisms, especially the flexibility of board structures; (ii) self-dealing; and (iii) external control, particularly take-over activity
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Germany's Corporate Governance System; A. The Hallmarks of the System; Figure; 1. Equity Market Characteristics; B. Corporate Governance Reform: An Overview; III. The Effectiveness of Internal Control Mechanisms; Box; 1. The Societas Europea-A Step Towards More Flexible Corporate Governance?; IV. Conflict of Interest: Self-Dealing; V. External Control Mechanisms: The Market for Corporate Control; VI. Conclusions; References
Literary Form
non fiction
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1 online resource (21 p.)
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