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The Illusion of Transparency in Corporate Governance

Does Transparency Help or Hinder True Ethical Conduct?

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Finn Janning, Wafa Khlif, Coral Ingley
    Pages 1-32
  3. Finn Janning, Wafa Khlif, Coral Ingley
    Pages 33-56
  4. Finn Janning, Wafa Khlif, Coral Ingley
    Pages 57-82
  5. Finn Janning, Wafa Khlif, Coral Ingley
    Pages 83-107
  6. Finn Janning, Wafa Khlif, Coral Ingley
    Pages 109-142
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 143-165

About this book

Introduction

“This book offers a penetrating analysis of the sharp realties of the state of corporate governance… the concept of transparency only confi rms the status quo. The meaning of transparency is overwhelmed by the prerogatives of the current norms and practices, and the deep-seated values of shareholder primacy underlying contemporary business. The authors demand a more authentic and truthful approach to determining the purpose of the corporation and the resulting estimations of its performance.”

Professor Thomas Clarke University of Technology Sydney

Transparency is generally seen as a corporate priority and a central attribute for promoting business growth and social morality. However, from a philosophical perspective, society has experienced a gradual paradigm shift which intensified after the Second World War with the advent of the information era. Therefore, as transparency serves both as a fundamental part of an inescapable, hegemonic capitalist system, and as a moral imperative, this book examines and challenges the concept of transparency as to its true governance value in building a sustainable twenty-first century. Rather than clinging to the fantasy of complete transparency as the only form of accountability, corporate governance is strengthened in this way by practicing true social responsibility, which emerges not from outward-looking compliance but from a deeper place in the corporate psyche through inward-looking contemplation and the development of moral maturity. This book will be of use to scholars working on corporate governance, business ethics, CSR, and the philosophy of business.

Finn Janning, PhD, is a writer and philosopher. His work has been published in Philosophy of Management, Journal of Philosophy of Life, and Kritike, among other publications.

Wafa Khlif is Full Professor of Management Accounting at TBS Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Her research interests are in board of directors’ effi ciency, corporate board roles, duties and composition, and issues in accounting and audit professions. She is a former president of the Accounting Tunisian Association, and acted as Faculty Dean at ISCAE, University of Manouba, Tunisia.

Coral Ingley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Management at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her research covers various aspects of corporate governance. Coral’s articles are presented regularly at refereed conferences and published in academic journals and books.

Keywords

business ethics business behaviour csr sustainability critical management critical corporate governance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Accounting, Auditing and ControlTBS Business SchoolBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

About the authors

Finn Janning, PhD, is a writer and philosopher. His work has been published in Philosophy of Management, Journal of Philosophy of Life, and Kritike, among other publications. 

Wafa Khlif is Full Professor of Management Accounting at TBS Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Her research interests are in board of directors’ efficiency, corporate board roles, duties and composition, and issues in accounting and audit professions. She is former president of the Accounting Tunisian Association, and acted as Faculty Dean at ISCAE, University of Manouba, Tunisia. She sat as a director on the Francophone Accounting Association board. She has published in International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Journal of African Business and Society and Business Review

Coral Ingley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Management at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her research covers various aspects of corporate governance. Coral’s articles are presented regularly at refereed conferences and published in academic journals and books. Her research focus is on boards of directors, their leadership role, and the strategic dimension of governance. She is a regular reviewer for a range of academic journals and conferences and serves on the editorial boards and scientific committees of a number of these. She is a professional member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Coral is also a board member of Governance NZ and several other boards of directors in New Zealand.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Illusion of Transparency in Corporate Governance
  • Book Subtitle Does Transparency Help or Hinder True Ethical Conduct?
  • Authors Finn Janning
    Wafa Khlif
    Coral Ingley
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35780-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-35779-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-35782-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-35780-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages V, 165
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Corporate Governance
    Corporate Social Responsibility
    Business Ethics
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