Corporate Governance as Moral Psychology

In this essay — prepared for a Washington & Lee symposium on corporate law, governance, and purpose — I propound a simple thesis: Corporate governance is best seen not as a subset of economics or even law, but instead as a subset of moral psychology.

Moral psychology:  instant, instinctive decision-making

Recent research in the nascent field of moral psychology suggests that we humans are not rational beings, particularly when we act in social and political settings. Our decisions on right and wrong (moral judgments) arise instantly and instinctively in our subconscious, out of conscious view. We rationalize these decisions — … Read more