Questions of corporate governance and responsibility have been heightened by a number of corporate scandals and other events leading up to the financial crisis of 2008. In the meantime, philosophers and lawyers have been questioning the very meaning of corporate agency and responsibility, while progress by economists in the theory of the firm is widely perceived to have slowed. The aim of the first WINIR Symposium “The nature and governance of the corporation”, which will be hosted in Lugano at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Lugano) from 22th to 24th April 2015, is to contribute to our understanding of the features, development and functions of corporations. Contributions and participants will come from all disciplines and perspectives that can enhance the understanding of the nature and governance of corporations, with an appeal to scholars of institutions and institutional approaches from the following disciplines: economics, history, law, philosophy, politics, and sociology. Four leading researchers from four different disciplines will deliver keynote speeches at the WINIR symposium: Simon Deakin (Law, University of Cambridge), Colin Mayer (Management, University of Oxford), Ugo Pagano (Economics, University of Siena, and Central European University Budapest) and Philip Pettit (Philosophy, Princeton University, and Australian National University).
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