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Fall 2022 Seminar

The Corporation as a Citizen

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

What is the role of the corporation in the world today? This course will examine the purpose(s) of a corporation, revisit the long-running debate between shareholder primacy and stakeholder governance and consider the obligations that corporations arguably owe to a broad array of stakeholders (e.g., investors, activists, employees, suppliers, creditors, communities and governments). We will also examine the roles that corporations play in several key areas in the United States and abroad, including organizational integrity, public policy, the political process, social issues and data privacy. The class will navigate these issues through case studies drawn from the headlines and also feature guest lecturers from leading companies who are experienced in these areas. Short papers will be periodically required over the course of the semester.