Professor Susan Watson - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Professor Susan Watson

Professor Susan Watson holds joint chairs in the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Auckland. She is the Dean of the University of Auckland Business School. Susan has a particular interest in the corporate form and in her research seeks to understand how the form evolved, why it is so successful, and the economic and societal impact of corporations. Her monograph The Making of the Modern Company (2022, Bloomsbury) focusses on these questions, challenging the dominant contractual model and setting out an alternative model that conceives of the modern company as an artificial legal person based on a fund contributed by shareholders that becomes an entity as it operates in the world.