Agency theory


Agency theory
The analysis of principal-agent relationships, wherein one person, an agent, acts on behalf of anther person, a principal. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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  • agency theory — The relationship between two parties, a *principal and an *agent, in which the latter represents or acts on behalf of the former. *Agency costs may arise if the goals of a principal and agent are not congruent: an agent, in other words, may be… …   Auditor's dictionary

  • agency theory — The analysis of principal agent relationships, in which one person, an agent, acts on behalf of another person, a principal. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary …   Financial and business terms

  • agency theory — Fin a hypothesis that attempts to explain elements of organizational behavior through an understanding of the relationships between principals (such as shareholders) and agents (such as company managers and accountants). A conflict may exist… …   The ultimate business dictionary

  • agency theory, financial — Introduction       in organizational economics, a means of assessing the work being done for a principal (i.e., an employer) by an agent (i.e., an employee). While consistent with the concept of agency traditionally advanced by legal scholars and …   Universalium

  • Agency-Theorie — Grundidee der Prinzipal Agent Theorie (P: Prinzipal, A: Agent) Die Prinzipal Agent Theorie (auch Agenturtheorie) ist innerhalb der Wirtschaftswissenschaft ein Teilgebiet der Neuen Institutionenökonomik. Sie bietet ein Modell, um das Handeln von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • agency relationship — A relationship in which a principal engages an agent to perform some service on his or her behalf; this involves delegating authority by the principal. As it has to be assumed that the agent will not always act in the best interests of the… …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • agency relationship — A relationship in which a principal engages an agent to perform some service on his or her behalf; this involves delegating authority by the principal. As it has to be assumed that the agent will not always act in the best interests of the… …   Accounting dictionary

  • agency — 1. An alternative term for *agency theory. 2. An organization that performs intermediary services, such as hiring personnel or providing security services …   Auditor's dictionary

  • agency costs — The negative effects described in *agency theory of an *agent acting in self interest to the detriment of a *principal. For example, managers in a corporation may seek to enhance their own status and remuneration in defiance of the corporation’s… …   Auditor's dictionary


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