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Corporate Governance

The Catalyst, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Change

Spiros Margaris | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
Spiros Margaris

Every company should involve an Innovation Catalyst, who in his role assists the board of directors and the executive board; asks them tough, critical questions; and identifies possible solutions.

Can Technology Disrupt the Boardroom?

Sophie-Charlotte Moatti | Posted 09.28.2014 | Technology
Sophie-Charlotte Moatti

As baby boomers retire, the boardroom is ripe for a makeover and its composition is likely to change meaningfully over the coming years.

Jamie Dimon's Throat Cancer Highlights JPMorgan Leadership Gap

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Jamie Dimon is currently both chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase without a succession plan. You may also recall that prior to the London Whale debacle...

When Taking the Company Public Is Personal... Think Twice

Marcy Syms | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Marcy Syms

Many private business owners when looking at an improving economy and buying into the hype of initial public offerings get seduced into taking their companies public without being fully aware of what they're getting themselves into.

Richard D. Parsons: Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Richard D. Parsons has enjoyed a long career at the intersections of business and politics.

How to Double Your Company's Profits: Begin by Refreshing Your Board of Directors

Alice Korngold | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

S&P 500 Boards are comprised of 82 percent men, who are an average age of 63. Imagine instead a board comprised of people where directors of a variety of ages bring the relevant expertise and leadership experience that is needed, and have grown up in various regions of the world, in a variety of socio-economic conditions.

End the Dread of the AGM

Perry Yeatman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Perry Yeatman

Instead of taking the traditional compliance and risk mitigation approach, maybe before next year's AGM cycle, you get off the back foot and onto the front. Instead of just "doing good," grow your revenue by having your brands tackle social issues.

Corporate Recklessness and Our Future

Carl Pope | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The decision by the Obama administration to reopen federal drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico to BP opens an interesting window into a fundamental question: What does it mean to hold a corporation accountable and responsible?

Education & Employment: The Keys to Increasing Women's Economic Participation in the Middle East

Badr Jafar | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Badr Jafar

It is widely accepted that increasing female representation in business decision-making is not just a women's issue. Rather, it is a business issue that is consistent with global best practice in corporate governance.

An Easy Trick To Figure Out If A Company Has Secrets To Hide

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business

People tend to skedaddle out of town whenever they smell trouble. Apparently, companies do the same thing. Companies that schedule annual sharehold...

Sam Nunn: Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 05.20.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Since 2001 Sam Nunn has served as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and since 1999 he has chaired the Center for Strategic and International Studies' board of trustees. He sits on the steering committee of the "Fix the Debt" campaign led by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson.

Activism and Regulation in Global Commerce

Daniel Diermeier | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Daniel Diermeier

Key insights from the recent Kellogg-Aspen Institute Leadership Summit We're living in a time when business has become the main driver of economi...

Martin Feldstein, Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Martin Feldstein has long been one of the country's top conservative economists. He has been an economics professor at Harvard University since 1967. He was president of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) from 1977 to 2008.

How Companies Can Achieve Effective Board Governance, Stakeholder Engagement, and NGO Partnerships

Alice Korngold | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

Through effective NGO/nonprofit board-matching programs, global corporations can further advance their interests in solving global problems by developing better leaders and relationships for their companies and the world.

Large Shareholders Join Forces With Corporate Directors to Defeat Hedge Fund Locusts

Nell Minow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Nell Minow

Sam Levenson once observed, "The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy." The same could be said for a new alliance between groups who have often been at odds: large institutional shareholders and corporate directors.

The Unfulflled Promise of Citizens United

Bruce Freed | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Freed

Relevant regulatory agencies, along with Congress, have failed to repair the massive sinkhole in disclosure created by Citizens United. Justice Kennedy, it turns out, assumed incorrectly that shareholders would have the information they urgently need to assess a corporation's political spending.

Companies Seek to Meet the Challenges of Nonprofit Board-Matching

Alice Korngold | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

Having trained and placed several hundred business executives and professionals on NGO/nonprofit boards and advised many businesses, I've had the opportunity to hone my approach to helping companies establish highly effective nonprofit board-matching programs.

Before Academics Complain About Conflicts of Interest, They Should Disclose Their Own

Nell Minow | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Nell Minow

Academics are influential, because they are perceived as uniquely able to evaluate all sides with equal rigor, free from bias or obligation. If that is to continue, they must be completely transparent about their sources of funding.

Pressure for Labor Reform in Qatar Increases Amid Calls to Move World Cup to Winter

James Dorsey | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Activists have stepped up calls for a boycott of the 2022 World Cup if Qatar fails to bring conditions for its majority foreign work force in line wit...

For Corporate Directors: How Human Rights and the Environment Tie to Profits

Alice Korngold | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

Not only do companies have much to lose by violating human rights and devastating the environment, but also they have a great deal to gain by advancing global sustainability. Increasingly these issues matter to investors.

Why Bill Ackman's Failure with JC Penney Is a Lesson in Leadership

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Ackman's long-standing acrimony with JCP's board has not only distracted the company from concentrating on its business, but also damaged the market's confidence in JCP.

Setting the Tone for Transparency

Badr Jafar | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Badr Jafar

Until we develop a culturally-relevant and widely accepted concept of what constitutes poor corporate practice in a specific country or region, we cannot develop mechanisms that effectively promote good governance and stamp out corruption in that location.

How Big Finance Crushes Innovation and Holds Back Our Economy

Lynn Parramore | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Whatever happened to innovation in America? President Obama told us that our future depends on it. Across the political spectrum, everyone pretty much agrees that innovation is vital to prosperity. So why aren't we getting the job done?

Corporate Boards: The False Dichotomy of 'Increased Diversity Comes at the Expense of Executive Experience'

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

With three billion additional new consumers in emerging markets rising into the middle class, it should be evident that boards comprised of women and men with a variety of experiences and expertise, from multiple nationalities, will be in the best position to maximize corporate profits.

Are S&P 500 Boards Equipped for the New Challenges of the Global Marketplace?

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.12.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

It can't possibly be in the interests of shareholders, companies, efficient markets, or a better world for board members to hang on for years and years, especially people who have little or no experience or expertise in the most vital challenges facing today's global marketplace.