Financial Goals And Corporate Governance

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Foreign stock markets are frequently characterized by controlling shareholders for the individual publicly traded firms. Which of the following is NOT identified by the authors as typical controlling shareholders?

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A

the government (for example, privatized utilities)

B

institutions (such as banks in Germany)

C

family (such as in France)

D

All of the above were identified by the authors as controlling shareholders.

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Question 2
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Which of the following is NOT typically associated with the public ownership of business organizations?

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A

the state

B

the government

C

families

D

civil society

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Question 3
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Which of the following is NOT typically associated with the private ownership of business organizations?

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A

the government

B

families

C

individuals

D

publicly traded, widely-held organizations

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Question 4
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State Owned Enterprises (SOEs):

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A

are a form of public ownership.

B

are created for commercial activities rather than civil or social activities.

C

are the dominant form of business organization in some countries.

D

are all of the above.

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Question 5
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The problems that may arise due to the separation of ownership and management in large business organizations are known as:

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separation anxiety.

B

the agency problem.

C

corporate disconnect theory.

D

none of the above

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Question 6
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Privatization is a term used to describe:

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A
firms that are purchased by the government.
B
government operations that are purchased by corporations and other investors.
C
firms that do not use publicly available debt.
D
non-public meetings held by members of interlocking directorates.
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Question 7
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"Maximize corporate wealth":

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A
is the primary objective of the non-Anglo-American model of management.
B
as a management objective treats shareholders on a par with other corporate stakeholders such as creditors, labor, and local community.
C
has a broader definition than just financial wealth.
D
all of the above
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The Shareholder Wealth Maximization Model (SWM):

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A
combines the interests and inputs of shareholders, creditors, management, employees, and society.
B
is being usurped by the Stakeholder Capitalism Model as those types of MNEs dominate their global industry segments.
C
clearly places shareholders as the primary stakeholder.
D
is the dominant form of corporate management in the European-Japanese governance system.
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The Stakeholder Capitalism Model (SCM):

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A
clearly places shareholders as the primary stakeholder.
B
combines the interests and inputs of shareholders, creditors, management, employees, and society.
C
has financial profit as its goal and is often termed impatient capital.
D
is the Anglo-American model of corporate governance.
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In the Anglo-American model of corporate governance, the primary goal of management is to:

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maximize the wealth of all stakeholders.
B
maximize shareholder wealth.
C
minimize costs.
D
minimize risk.
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In finance, an efficient market is one in which:

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prices are assumed to be correct.
B
prices adjust quickly and accurately to new information.
C
prices are the best allocators of capital in the macro economy.
D
all of the above
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Systematic risk can be defined as:

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A
the total risk to the firm.
B
the risk of the individual security.
C
the risk of the market in general.
D
the risk that can be systematically diversified away.
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Unsystematic risk can be defined as:

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the total risk to the firm.
B
the risk of the individual security.
C
the added risk that a firm's shares bring to a diversified portfolio.
D
the risk of the market in general.
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Question 14
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The study of how shareholders can motivate management to accept the prescriptions of the shareholder wealth maximization model is called:

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A
market efficiency.
B
the SWM model.
C
agency theory.
D
the SCM model.
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Question 15
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Under the Shareholder Wealth Maximization Model (SWM) of corporate governance, poor firm performance is likely to be faced with all but which of the following?

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A
sale of shares by disgruntled current shareholders
B
shareholder activism to attempt a change in current management
C
as a maximum threat, initiation of a corporate takeover
D
prison time for executive management
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Which of the following is a reason why managers act to maximize shareholder wealth in Anglo-American markets?

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A
the use of stock options to align the goals of shareholders and managers
B
the market for corporate control that allows for outside takeover of the firm
C
performance-based compensation for executive management
D
all of the above
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Which of the following is NOT true regarding the stakeholder capitalism model?

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Banks and other financial institutions are less important creditors than securities markets.
B
Labor unions are more powerful than in the Anglo-American markets.
C
Governments interfere more in the marketplace to protect important stakeholder groups.
D
All of the above are TRUE.
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The stakeholder capitalism model:

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A
typically avoids the flaw of impatient capital.
B
tries to meet the desires of multiple stakeholders.
C
may leave management without a clear signal about tradeoffs among the several stakeholders.
D
all of the above
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Question 19
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Which of the following is generally NOT considered to be a viable operational goal for a firm?

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A
maintaining a strong local currency
B
maximization of after-tax income
C
minimization of the firm's effective global tax burden
D
correct positioning of the firm's income, cash flows and available funds as to country and currency
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Question 20
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Which of the following operational goals for the international firm may be incompatible with the others?

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maintaining a strong local currency
B
maximization of after-tax income
C
minimization of the firm's effective global tax burden
D
Each of these goals may be incompatible with one or more of the others.
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