Does the Concept of Enlightened Shareholder Value Succeed in Bridging the Gap between the Shareholders and Stakeholders Value Theories?

Osama Mustafa Mudawi, Elfadil Timan

Abstract


Purpose: The purpose of this article is to explore the main theories as to the corporate governance subject, and focus first on Shareholders and Stakeholders Value theories in order to identify their shortcomings. Next, the advantages and disadvantages of Enlightened Shareholder Value; including future perspectives on Enlightened Shareholder Value in light of the UK company Act 2006.

Methodology /approach: This article describes and compares the main theories with regard to the corporate governance subject. The following materials were referenced as part of this article: books, journal articles, cases, reports, legislations.

Findings: Based on the outcomes of the article there are advantages and disadvantages to Shareholders and Stakeholders Value theories. The former is considered a very narrow vision because its main aim is to gain profits for shareholders, it ignores stakeholders, there is a possible risk since managers and directors may abuse their delegations, and it costs more to monitor directors. Similarly, this article has been found that there are shortcomings to the Stakeholders Value theory; for example, there is no clear hierarchy of stakeholders’ interests, there is no one goal to achieve; it seems to demand less accountability from directors. Moreover, this article highlighted that the Enlightened Shareholder theory seems a better theory at present. Apparently, the success of this theory will depend on many factors: first, how the directors will apply the discretionary power with regard to section 172 (1) of CA 2006. Secondly, the interpretation of the courts about the duty of directors. Thirdly, the role of scholars improving this theory. Fourthly, how civil society will observe the application of this theory. Finally, recommended that further study should be done according to the recent practice.

Originality/value: This article contributes to increase the understanding of the theories of corporate governance and discover the best one for the time being.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ber.v8i2.11271

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