The Shift from Capitalism to a Knowledge Society: in business, Company Law in most countries still describes the 19TH century position of the business corporation-as-a-machine….that Law allocates to the shareholder the ultimate and supreme power…until that law is changed, it puts management between the rock of emancipated people liberated from earlier social and moral constraints and the hard place of shareholder power, exercised by financial institutions with short-term financial goals… Perhaps we need a French revolution in the business world to prevent a confrontation between emancipated people and business

Arie de Geus