Toward Common Sense and Common Ground? Reflections on the Shared Interests of Managers and Labor in a More Rational System of Corporate Governance

Document Type



Forthcoming in the Journal of Corporation Law, Fall 2007


In this essay, Vice Chancellor Strine reflects on the common interests of those who manage and those who labor for American corporations. The first part of the essay examines aspects of the current corporate governance and economic environment that are putting management and labor under pressure. The concluding section of the essay identifies possible corporate governance initiatives that might — by better focusing stockholder activism in particular and corporate governance more generally on long-term, rather than short-term, corporate performance — generate a more rational system of accountability, that focuses on the durable creation by corporations of wealth through fundamentally sound, long term business plans.

Date of Authorship for this Version

October 2007


Directors, Boards, Shareholders, Corporate governance, Managers, Corporate elections, Institutional investors, Corporate social responsibility, CSR, Social welfare, Organized labor, Accountability, Durable wealth creation