Lex Research Topics in Corporate Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2017-1
48 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2017 Last revised: 9 Jun 2017
Date Written: May 31, 2017
Recent corporate governance initiatives encourage a culture of long-term value creation and growth but cannot work as intended by policymakers. The current discussion about corporate governance ignores the transition from a centralized to a decentralized, unmediated, and interconnected world and from a world of vertical hierarchies to a world of horizontal, open, and autonomous networks. This transition process was initiated and is increasingly accelerated by rapid technological change, including developments in social media, blockchain-based smart contracts, decentralized autonomous organizations, big data, and artificial intelligence. This paper shows how policymakers, regulators, business people, consultants, and other corporate governance experts can re-conceptualize corporate governance in a technology-driven and interconnected world.
Keywords: Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, Board of Directors, Communication, Corporate Culture, Corporate Governance, Decentralization, Decentralized Autonomous Organization, Dialogue, Platform Company, Social Media, Stewardship Codes, Technology, Trust
JEL Classification: D20, D23, F60, G30, K20, K22, L20, L25, L29, O10, O30, O40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Fenwick, Mark and Kaal , Wulf A. and Vermeulen, Erik P. M., The ‘Unmediated’ and ‘Tech-Driven’ Corporate Governance of Today's Winning Companies (May 31, 2017). TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2017-009; U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-10; Lex Research Topics in Corporate Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2017-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2922176 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2922176