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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
Harvard Business School and Simon School, University of Rochester (Deceased)
Downloads 126,201
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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
Harvard Business School

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Downloads 44,421
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
Harvard Business School
Downloads 42,470
4.

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 Harvard Business School
Downloads 35,109
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
Harvard Business School and Simon School, University of Rochester (Deceased)
Downloads 32,872
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
Harvard Business School
Downloads 32,363
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The Sixth and Seventh of Eight Pre-Classroom Readings, 'Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological / Phenomenological Model'

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: 90 Posted: 30 Mar 2009 Last Revised: 14 Jan 2018
Working Paper Series
Independent, Harvard Business School, Landmark Worldwide LLC and California State University Office of the Chancellor
Downloads 26,130
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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: 1253 Posted: 04 Sep 2008 Last Revised: 14 Jan 2018
Working Paper Series
Independent, Harvard Business School, Landmark Worldwide LLC and California State University Office of the Chancellor
Downloads 25,775
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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
Harvard Business School, University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business and Ohio State University (OSU) - Fisher College of Business
Downloads 24,843
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

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Downloads 24,837
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 22,413
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 22,206
13.

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 19,164
14.

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
Harvard Business School
Downloads 19,140
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 16,951
16.

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, Harvard Business School and Center For Character and Leadership Development
Downloads 16,046
17.

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, Harvard Business School and Landmark Worldwide LLC

Multiple version iconThere are 4 versions of this paper

Downloads 15,900
18.

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 15,779
19.

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 15,640
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
Harvard Business School and Simon School, University of Rochester (Deceased)
Downloads 15,605
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
Harvard Business School
Downloads 15,422
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
Harvard Business School and University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

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Downloads 14,809
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 Harvard Business School
Downloads 14,044
24.

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
Harvard Business School

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Downloads 13,664
25.

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
Harvard Business School

Multiple version iconThere are 3 versions of this paper

Downloads 13,586
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, Harvard Business School and Landmark Worldwide LLC

Multiple version iconThere are 4 versions of this paper

Downloads 13,136
27.

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 12,876
28.

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, Harvard Business School and Landmark Worldwide LLC
Downloads 12,652
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 12,518
30.

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
Harvard Business School and Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Downloads 12,436
31.

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
Harvard Business School and Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Downloads 10,791
32.

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
Harvard Business School
Downloads 10,786
33.

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, Harvard Business School and University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business
Downloads 10,603
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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 Harvard Business School

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Downloads 10,507
35.

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
Harvard Business School

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Downloads 10,455
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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
Working Paper Series
Independent, Harvard Business School and Landmark Worldwide LLC
Downloads 10,436
37.

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 Harvard Business School
Downloads 10,425
38.

Bank Lending During the Financial Crisis of 2008

EFA 2009 Bergen Meetings Paper, Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Vol. 97, 319-338, 2010
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 10 Nov 2008 Last Revised: 15 Feb 2018
Accepted Paper Series
Harvard University and Harvard Business School - Finance Unit
Downloads 10,223
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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

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Downloads 10,027
40.

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 Harvard Business School
Downloads 9,979
41.

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 9,446
42.

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 9,416
43.

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 9,339
44.

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
Harvard Business School
Downloads 9,109
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
Harvard Business School

Multiple version iconThere are 4 versions of this paper

Downloads 8,965
46.

Corporate Sustainability: First Evidence on Materiality

The Accounting Review, Vol. 91, No. 6, pp. 1697-1724.
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 11 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 01 Feb 2017
Accepted Paper Series
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management, Harvard University - Harvard Business School and Harvard University - Harvard Business School
Downloads 8,925
47.

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
Harvard Business School and Simon School, University of Rochester (Deceased)

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Downloads 8,908
48.

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 8,442
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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 8,391
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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, Harvard Business School and Center For Character and Leadership Development
Downloads 8,381