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1.

Theory of the Firm: Managerial Behavior, Agency Costs and Ownership Structure

Michael C. Jensen, A THEORY OF THE FIRM: GOVERNANCE, RESIDUAL CLAIMS AND ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS, Harvard University Press, December 2000, Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Vol. 3, No. 4, 1976
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 19 Jul 1998 Last Revised: 18 May 2013
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN and Simon School, University of Rochester (Deceased)
Downloads 123,612
2.

Value Maximization, Stakeholder Theory, and the Corporate Objective Function

Tuck Business School Working Paper No. 01-09; Harvard NOM Research Paper No. 01-01; Harvard Business School Working Paper No. 00-058
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 11 Apr 2000
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN

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Downloads 43,262
3.

Agency Cost Of Free Cash Flow, Corporate Finance, and Takeovers

American Economic Review, Vol. 76, No. 2, May 1986
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 25 Mar 1999
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN
Downloads 41,476
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Separation of Ownership and Control

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998, and Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 26, June 1983
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 29 Nov 1998
Accepted Paper Series
University of Chicago - Finance and SSRN
Downloads 34,544
5.

The Nature of Man

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 4-19, Summer 1994
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 24 Nov 1997 Last Revised: 18 May 2013
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN and Simon School, University of Rochester (Deceased)
Downloads 32,115
6.

Integrity: Without it Nothing Works

Rotman Magazine: The Magazine of the Rotman School of Management, pp. 16-20, Fall 2009, Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 10-042, Barbados Group Working Paper No. 09-04, Simon School Working Paper No. FR 10-01
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 22 Nov 2009 Last Revised: 10 Jan 2017
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN
Downloads 30,875
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Introductory Reading for the 'Being a Leader and The Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model' Course

Harvard Business School Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit Research Paper Series No. 10-091, Barbados Group Working Paper No. 08-01, Simon School Working Paper No. 08-02, Gruter Institute Squaw Valley Conference 2009: Law, Behavior & the Brain
Number of pages: 104 Posted: 30 Mar 2009 Last Revised: 10 Jan 2017
Working Paper Series
Independent, SSRN, Landmark Worldwide LLC and California State University Office of the Chancellor
Downloads 25,441
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Course Materials for: ‘Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model’

Harvard Business School NOM Working Paper No. 09-038, Simon School Working Paper No. 08-03, Barbados Group Working Paper No. 08-02
Number of pages: 1054 Posted: 04 Sep 2008 Last Revised: 07 Feb 2017
Working Paper Series
Independent, SSRN and Landmark Worldwide LLC
Downloads 24,099
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Remuneration: Where We've Been, How We Got to Here, What are the Problems, and How to Fix Them

Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 04-28; ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 44/2004
Number of pages: 116 Posted: 05 Jul 2004
Working Paper Series
SSRN, University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business and Ohio State University (OSU) - Fisher College of Business
Downloads 23,948
10.

Corporate Governance and Equity Prices

Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 118, No. 1, pp. 107-155, February 2003
Number of pages: 67 Posted: 12 Sep 2001
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School - Finance Unit, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Yale School of Management

Multiple version iconThere are 3 versions of this paper

Downloads 23,618
11.

A Review of the Earnings Management Literature and its Implications for Standard Setting

Number of pages: 36 Posted: 15 Mar 1999
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School and Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Accounting
Downloads 21,617
12.

Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing

Number of pages: 18 Posted: 14 Jan 2004
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School and Acorn Systems, Inc.
Downloads 20,569
13.

Self Interest, Altruism, Incentives, and Agency Theory

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998; Journal Of Applied Corporate Finance, Summer 1994
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 05 Oct 1994
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN
Downloads 18,708
14.

Making Experience Count: The Role of Reflection in Individual Learning

Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 14-093, Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 14-093, HEC Paris Research Paper No. SPE-2016-1181
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 26 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 05 Dec 2016
Working Paper Series
HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, Harvard Business School and University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Downloads 17,713
15.

The 'IKEA Effect': When Labor Leads to Love

Harvard Business School Marketing Unit Working Paper No. 11-091
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 04 Mar 2011
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School - Marketing Unit, Tulane University - A.B. Freeman School of Business and Duke University - Fuqua School of Business
Downloads 16,628
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Feeling Good About Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior

Harvard Business School Marketing Unit Working Paper No. 10-012
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 10 Aug 2009
Working Paper Series
University of Virginia - Darden School of Business, University of British Columbia, Harvard Business School - Marketing Unit and University of British Columbia - Department of Psychology
Downloads 15,382
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Creating Leaders: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model

THE HANDBOOK FOR TEACHING LEADERSHIP, Chapter 16, Scott Snook, Nitin Nohria, Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Harvard College, eds., Sage Publications, 2011, Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper 11-037, Barbados Group Working Paper No. 10-10, Simon School Working Paper Series No. FR 10-30
Number of pages: 72 Posted: 27 Oct 2010 Last Revised: 18 Apr 2017
Accepted Paper Series
Independent, SSRN and Center For Character and Leadership Development
Downloads 15,342
18.

Integrity: A Positive Model that Incorporates the Normative Phenomena of Morality, Ethics, and Legality -- Abridged (English Language Version)

Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 10-061, Barbados Group Working Paper No. 10-01, Simon School Working Paper No. 10-07
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 18 Feb 2010 Last Revised: 11 Feb 2016
Working Paper Series
Independent, SSRN and Landmark Worldwide LLC

Multiple version iconThere are 4 versions of this paper

Downloads 15,184
19.

Venture Capital and Private Equity: A Course Overview

Number of pages: 48 Posted: 23 Apr 1998
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School - Finance Unit
Downloads 15,145
20.

Specific and General Knowledge and Organizational Structure

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998, CONTRACT ECONOMICS, pp. 251-274, Lars Werin and Hans Wijkander, eds., Blackwell, Oxford, 1992, Journal Of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 8, No. 2, Summer 1995
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 01 Sep 1995 Last Revised: 17 Jan 2011
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN and Simon School, University of Rochester (Deceased)
Downloads 15,006
21.

Eclipse of the Public Corporation

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW (Sept.-Oct. 1989), revised 1997.
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 03 May 1999
Working Paper Series
SSRN
Downloads 14,878
22.

CEO Incentives: It's Not How Much You Pay, But How

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998; Harvard Business Review, No. 3, May-June 1990
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 12 Apr 1999
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN and University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

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Downloads 14,468
23.

Agency Problems and Residual Claims

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998; Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 26, June 1983
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 29 Nov 1998
Accepted Paper Series
University of Chicago - Finance and SSRN
Downloads 13,817
24.

The Modern Industrial Revolution, Exit, and the Failure of Internal Control Systems

Michael C. Jensen, A THEORY OF THE FIRM: GOVERNANCE, RESIDUAL CLAIMS AND ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS, Harvard University Press, December 2000; Journal of Finance, July 1993
Number of pages: 65 Posted: 09 May 1999 Last Revised: 14 Sep 2011
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN

Multiple version iconThere are 3 versions of this paper

Downloads 13,456
25.

Paying People to Lie: The Truth About the Budgeting Process

Harvard NOM Research Paper No. 01-03, and HBS Working Paper No. 01-072
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 30 Apr 2001
Working Paper Series
SSRN

Multiple version iconThere are 3 versions of this paper

Downloads 13,351
26.

Integrity: A Positive Model that Incorporates the Normative Phenomena of Morality, Ethics and Legality

Harvard Business School NOM Working Paper No. 06-11, Barbados Group Working Paper No. 06-03, Simon School Working Paper No. FR 08-05
Number of pages: 124 Posted: 08 Sep 2006 Last Revised: 14 Apr 2016
Working Paper Series
Independent, SSRN and Landmark Worldwide LLC

Multiple version iconThere are 4 versions of this paper

Downloads 12,641
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The Fall of Enron

Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 03-38
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 17 Oct 2003
Accepted Paper Series
Harvard University - Harvard Business School and Harvard Business School
Downloads 12,609
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A New Model of Integrity: An Actionable Pathway to Trust, Productivity and Value (PDF File of Keynote Slides)

Barbados Group Working Paper No. 07-01, Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 07-01, 1st IESE Conference on "Humanizing the Firm and the Management Profession" Presentation
Number of pages: 61 Posted: 20 Sep 2008 Last Revised: 11 Dec 2012
Working Paper Series
Independent, SSRN and Landmark Worldwide LLC
Downloads 12,330
29.

New Evidence and Perspectives on Mergers

Harvard Business School Working Paper No. 01-070, HBS Finance Working Paper No. 01-070
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 23 May 2001
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School - Finance Unit, AQR Capital Management, LLC and Harvard Business School - Finance Unit
Downloads 12,114
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Stockholder, Manager, and Creditor Interests: Applications of Agency Theory

Theory of the Firm (Book), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2000
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 11 Oct 2000 Last Revised: 26 Feb 2013
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN and Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Downloads 12,104
31.

Compensation and Incentives: Practice vs. Theory

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998; Journal of Finance, Vol. 63, No. 3, pp. 593-616, July 1998
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 24 Sep 1998
Accepted Paper Series
HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit, SSRN and University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business
Downloads 10,524
32.

The Theory of Corporate Finance: A Historical Overview

Michael C. Jensen, Clifford W. Smith, Jr., THE MODERN THEORY OF CORPORATE FINANCE, New York: McGraw-Hill Inc., pp. 2-20, 1984
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 29 Sep 2000
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN and Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Downloads 10,483
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The Performance of Mutual Funds in the Period 1945-1964

Journal of Finance, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 389-416, 1967
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 31 Aug 2002
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN
Downloads 10,377
34.

Just Say No to Wall Street: Putting a Stop to the Earnings Game

Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 41-46, Winter 2002
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 17 Jan 2002 Last Revised: 18 May 2013
Accepted Paper Series
The Monitor Company and SSRN

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Downloads 10,326
35.

Performance Pay and Top Management Incentives

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 08 Mar 2001
Accepted Paper Series
University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business and SSRN
Downloads 10,314
36.

Corporate Budgeting Is Broken, Let's Fix It

Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 02-26
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 14 Aug 2002
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN

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Downloads 10,210
37.

Integrity: Where Leadership Begins - A New Model of Integrity (PDF File of PowerPoint Slides)

Barbados Group Working Paper No. 07-03, Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 07-03
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 11 May 2007 Last Revised: 18 May 2013
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Independent, SSRN and Landmark Worldwide LLC
Downloads 10,100
38.

Bank Lending During the Financial Crisis of 2008

EFA 2009 Bergen Meetings Paper
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 10 Nov 2008 Last Revised: 31 Jul 2009
Working Paper Series
Harvard University and Harvard Business School - Finance Unit
Downloads 9,929
39.

A New Model of Leadership

Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 920623, Barbados Group Working Paper No. 06-02
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 10 Sep 2006
Working Paper Series
ALS Consulting and SSRN
Downloads 9,824
40.

Can Individual Investors Beat the Market?

HBS Finance Working Paper No. 04-025, Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 02-45
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 06 Jan 2003
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School - Finance Unit, University of California, Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, The Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Downloads 9,243
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The Economics of Structured Finance

Harvard Business School Finance Working Paper No. 09-060
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 22 Oct 2008
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School - Finance Unit, University of Pennsylvania - Finance Department and Harvard Business School - Finance Unit
Downloads 9,178
42.

Information Asymmetry, Corporate Disclosure and the Capital Markets: A Review of the Empirical Disclosure Literature

JAE Rochester Conference April 2000
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 01 Feb 2001
Working Paper Series
Harvard Business School and Harvard University - Harvard Business School

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Downloads 9,176
43.

The Free Cash Flow Theory of Takeovers: A Financial Perspective on Mergers and Acquisitions and the Economy

"The Merger Boom", Proceedings of a Conference sponsored by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, pp. 102-143, October 1987
Number of pages: 57 Posted: 08 Feb 2003
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN
Downloads 8,850
44.

Divisional Performance Measurement

Michael C. Jensen, FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY, Harvard University Press, 1998
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 29 Nov 1998 Last Revised: 17 Jan 2011
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN and Simon School, University of Rochester (Deceased)

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Downloads 8,801
45.

Agency Costs of Overvalued Equity

ECGI - Finance Working Paper No. 39/2004, Harvard Business School NOM Working Paper No. 04-26, Financial Management, Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring 2005
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 29 Mar 2004 Last Revised: 06 May 2009
Accepted Paper Series
SSRN

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Downloads 8,774
46.

The Consequences of Mandatory Corporate Sustainability Reporting

Harvard Business School Research Working Paper No. 11-100
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 03 Apr 2011 Last Revised: 01 May 2017
Working Paper Series
London Business School and Harvard University - Harvard Business School
Downloads 8,650
47.

Using the Balanced Scorecard as a Control System for Monitoring and Revising Corporate Strategy

Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 02-35
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 01 Oct 2002
Working Paper Series
Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit, Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit, George Washington University - Department of Accountancy and Harvard University - Accounting & Control Unit
Downloads 8,253
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Introduction to Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological Model (PDF File of PowerPoint Slides)

Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 09-124, Barbados Group Working Paper No. 09-01, Gruter Institute Squaw Valley Conference 2009: Law, Behavior & the Brain, Simon School Working Paper No. FR 09-27
Number of pages: 211 Posted: 22 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 27 Oct 2015
Working Paper Series
Independent, SSRN and Center For Character and Leadership Development
Downloads 8,142
49.

Theodore Levitt's 'The Globalization of Markets': An Evaluation after Two Decades

Harvard NOM Working Paper No. 03-20; Harvard Business School Working Paper No. 03-082
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 26 Feb 2003
Working Paper Series
Harvard University - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit and Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit
Downloads 8,117
50.

Market Reaction to the Adoption of IFRS in Europe

Accounting Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 19 May 2006 Last Revised: 04 Apr 2012
Accepted Paper Series
University of Pennsylvania - Accounting Department, Stanford University - Graduate School of Business, University of Cambridge Judge Business School and Boston University - Questrom School of Business

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Downloads 7,655