Brian Cheffins

Brian R. Cheffins is the S.J. Berwin Professor of Corporate Law at Cambridge University and former Chair of Cambridge University’s Law Faculty. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the British Academy. Professor Cheffins has written widely on corporate law, corporate governance and business history. His latest book is The Public Company Transformed (2018).

A Famed Economist’s Public Company U-Turn

Michael Jensen, a leading late 20th century economist, pivoted from praising public companies in the 1970s to assailing public company governance in...

The Most Famous Article on the Theory of the Firm is Widely Misunderstood

Michael Jensen and William Meckling’s famous 1976 Journal of Financial Economics article has been cited nearly 100,000 times and is often regarded...

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The Social Responsibility of Business Includes Profits

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The Corporate Power Narrative: How Corporations Benefit from Economic Globalization

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Managers Should Satisfy Only the Ethically Permissible Preferences of Shareholders

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Plagues Upon the Earth: How Wealth Intersects With Mortality

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