Corporate Purpose and Personhood: An Introduction

In Research Handbook on Corporate Purpose and Personhood (Elizabeth Pollman & Robert B. Thompson eds., Elgar 2021)

U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 22-15

8 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2022

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Elizabeth Pollman

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; Co-Director, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School - Institute for Law and Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute

Robert B. Thompson

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

This Research Handbook contributes to the theoretical and practical understanding of corporate purpose and personhood, which has become the central debate of corporate law. It provides cutting-edge perspectives on the role of corporations in society and the nature of their rights and responsibilities. Featuring contributions from leading scholars, the Research Handbook invites readers to consider how a 21st century lens for viewing corporate purpose and personhood will leave us with a different picture and a new understanding. Chapters offer analysis of a wide range of topics related to corporate purpose and personhood, including corporate rights and separateness, shareholder primacy, stakeholder governance, benefit corporations, corporate social responsibility, and ESG.

Keywords: corporate governance, corporate purpose, personhood, constitutional rights, foreign & comparative corporation law, shareholder value maximization, social responsibility, CSR, ESG, social enterprise, shareholders, stakeholders

JEL Classification: G39, K22, L21

Suggested Citation

Pollman, Elizabeth and Thompson, Robert B., Corporate Purpose and Personhood: An Introduction (2021). In Research Handbook on Corporate Purpose and Personhood (Elizabeth Pollman & Robert B. Thompson eds., Elgar 2021), U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 22-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4046998

Elizabeth Pollman (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; Co-Director, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School - Institute for Law and Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute ( email )

3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Robert B. Thompson

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
(202) 661-6591 (Phone)

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