Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Keywords

fiduciary duties, risk, oversight, director performance

Abstract

Expectations for what fiduciary duties can achieve in the corporate context are unrealistic. This segment of the law—and the alleged deficiencies therein—are blamed for corporate scandals, securities fraud, failed business plans, and even a company's insolvency. Risk is, however, inherent in business, and human beings are flawed. Fiduciary duty law cannot change these basic facts. To the extent we think it can, we will continue to be disappointed and frustrated. This essay considers recasting (and to a greater extent codifying) directors’ duties in a positive frame to help foster better director oversight. It does not suggest that codifying greater clarity into directors’ duties would result in more or less director liability; rather, the primary objective would be to improve director performance outside of the litigation sphere.

Journal

15 Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law 15 (2013).

Disciplines

Banking and Finance | Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics

Recommended Citation

15 Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law 15 (2013).