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The Modern Corporation Statement on Accounting

Collison, D., Jansson, A., Larsson-Olaison, U. , Power, D. M., Cooper, C., Gray, R., Ferguson, J., Sikka, P., Millo, Y., Jonnergård, K., Djelic, M-L., Quattrone, P., Cooper, D. J., Carter, C., Liew, P., Coles, R. F., Robson, K., Chabrak, N., Stevenson, L., Willmott, H. & Veldman, J. (2016). The Modern Corporation Statement on Accounting. London, UK: The Modern Corporation Project.


A number of regulatory initiatives on the national, international and EU levels both foster and fortify the principle of Maximizing Shareholder Value (MSV) in corporate governance. This tendency can be clearly seen in such areas as financial accounting standards and various soft and hard law initiatives pertaining to corporate governance that have flourished in recent decades. These have created a new type of accountability for managers of listed corporations as will be exemplified below. One of the most important regulatory changes over this period was when the EU opted for International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as a basis for financial reporting for the accounts of all listed, EU-based corporations in 2005. These accounting standards, amounting to quasi legislation, are issued by a private sector body – the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Other important regulatory changes include the various national ‘corporate governance codes’ that have mushroomed since the early 1990s. Although such codes pertain to member states, the EU remains the main body prescribing most new hard-law corporate governance regulation within the union, for example, by means of the 13 company law directives issued so far.

Publication Type: Monograph (Other)
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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