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The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance

Bruce Kogut


The financial crisis of 2008 laid bare the hidden network of relationships in corporate governance: who owes what to whom, who will stand by whom in times of crisis, what governs the provision of credit when no one seems to have credit. This book maps the influence of these types of economic and social networks — communities of agents (people or firms) and the ties among them — on corporate behavior and governance. The studies in the book are largely concerned with mechanisms for the emergence of governance networks rather than with what determines the best outcomes. The chapters identify “str ... More

Keywords: financial crisis, social networks, corporate governance, credit, corporate behavior, governance networks, structural breaks, privatization, globalization, network structures

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017275
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Kogut, editor

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