Testing ground for enterprise models
The Netherlands hold a special place in the EU. Dutch listed companies have proven to be vulnerable to pressure from financial markets and Anglo-Saxon consultants and have by and large embraced the shareholder model.
At the same time, these companies operate in the context of many sophisticated and legally well-entrenched special interest groups, champions of the stakeholder model.
Moreover, Dutch law and culture support a plethora of alternative enterprise models for unlisted companies: societies, foundations and co-operatives running sizeable businesses.
The articles below, partially in Dutch, deal with the tensions between the different perspectives and with hybrid solutions that sometimes end up combining the worst of all possible worlds.
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