Monday 2nd March 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Committee Room 11, House of Commons
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We should all be concerned about the abuses of corporate power. A large part of the economy is now built on frauds, fiddles and illicit practices, enriching a few but causing enormous harms to many. Fighting Corporate Abuse demonstrates, through compelling and revelatory analysis, the legislation and regulation needed to deal with the abuses in the corporate sector that have been revealed in recent years. It highlights the more general contribution of company law and practice to the current crisis in capitalism.
The authors of the book provide vivid examples which show how the various abuses of predatory capitalism have been carried out through the manipulation of the corporate form and the creation of highly complex corporate groups. The group of authors, all experts in their fields, tackle head-on the issues of tax evasion, extraction of value and asset stripping, environmental destruction, and managerial self-interest. In doing so, they paint a picture of a system that is abusive, and degenerated, but also a system which can be reformed.
In the run up to the UK general election, the authors develop of a set of practical proposals for an incoming government, outlining how each of these abuses could be curtailed and how a more acceptable and accountable form of corporate capitalism can be developed through national and international action.
Prem Sikka is professor of Accounting at the University of Essex, UK. His research on accountancy, auditing, tax avoidance, tax havens, corruption, corporate governance, money laundering, insolvency and business affairs has been published in books, international scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines. He has appeared on radio and television programmes to comment on business matters. He has advised and given evidence to parliamentary committees. He holds the Working for Justice Award from Tax Justice Network, Accounting Exemplar Award from the American Accounting Association and the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British Accounting and Finance Association and PQ Magazine.
Hugh Willmott is a Professor Management and Organization Studies at Cass Business School.. Hugh has published over 20 books and contributed to a wide range of management and social science journals. He is particularly interested in the development and application of management theory by drawing upon the resources of critical social science. Substantively, his research has contributed to the areas of professionalization, teamwork, regulation, business ethics, management learning, accounting policy and practice, organizational culture, financialization, and the management of higher education. Hugh was appointed to the Business and Management Panel for the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008 and is a member of the 2014 REF Panel.
Tom Hadden: company lawyer and human rights actor from Northern Ireland and currently Emeritus Professor at Queens University Belfast. He has published extensively on law and practice Relating to Corporate Groups; Aspects of Housing Law; Relationship Between National Emergency Law, Human Rights Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, and the Law and Practice of Conflict Resolution; Minority Rights including issues of communal separation and integration.
Gordon Pearson: former company executive and current activist blogger on the good and bad impacts of economic and behavioural theory on the practical realities of industrial management; his specialist experience in mergers and acquisitions was the basis of his critique of accounting’s short termism in The Strategic Discount; his academic career includes teaching on the MBA course at Keele University; his critical books on theory and practice include Strategic Thinking, Integrity in Organizations, The Rise and Fall of Management and The Road to Co-operation.