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Professor Brian Cheffins, Faculty of Law: The history of corporate governance


Themes: Corporate governance and ethics

The Cadbury Archive at Cambridge Judge Business School has been completed with the addition of copies of all the speeches on corporate governance made by Sir Adrian Cadbury, Chairman of the UK Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance. The Archive, established in 2010 and part of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN), is a major source for researchers into corporate governance.

There are two ways of looking at the history of corporate governance says Professor Brian Cheffins, S.J. Berwin Professor of Corporate Law at the Faculty of Law and Director of the Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL). It could be seen as several hundred years old, but managers being responsible to shareholders through corporate governance terminology is much more recent.