Written for practitioners, this book addresses corporate governance and the role of the board of directors in multinational corporations. Throughout the world, corporations are experiencing the second major transition in corporate governance of this century. The nature of the relationship between the corporation and the rest of society is changing fundamentally. The corporate board has unique responsibilities during this transition, but as it tries to respond directors are faced with destabilizing paradoxes: resolving who is in control--management or the board, achieving critical judgment while maintaining detachment, and avoiding becoming either a cozy club or a collection of all-stars. This book, based on interviews with 71 directors serving on more than 500 boards in eight countries, shows the nature of the challenges and suggests ways to analyze and confront them. This major international study compares the experiences of board members in Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Venezuela.
Ward reveals ten specific failings that are built into ourboardroom model and provides real-world fixes to get boards back ontrack. Ward mixes tart, insightful analogies (what do boards havein common with volunteer fire departments, the U.S. electoralcollege . . . and Howard Hughes?) with proven nuts-and-bolts advicefor putting any board back on track. Order your copy today!
7 Actions to Build Your Career, Elevate Your Leadership, And Expand Your Influence
Author: Jill Griffin
Category: Business & Economics
For too many decades, America's corporate boards have been filled by a chosen few. Corporate board seats are scarce and competition is fierce. The seats are "by invitation only" and your pursuit can be long, strenuous, and often full of missteps. This book pulls back the curtain on the corporate board selection process and shows you how to land your seat. Chocked full of real-life stories, case studies and how-to's, the book gives you the game plan to earn a coveted spot at the corporate board table. It's your road map for: -Testing your readiness -Crafting your board search strategy -Finding boards that will welcome you -Attracting boards to you -Networking with influencers -Acing your board interviews -Vetting your board invitation Because women are invaluable to any board's success, the book has a special strategy chapter that teaches the essential skills women need to capture their seat.
Traditionally, much of big business in the industrialized Western world has been organized around particular corporate societies—notoriously referred to as “old boy” networks. With the recent drift toward a more liberal market economy, however, these networks have been showing signs of decline—in some cases, all but disappearing. Eelke M. Heemskerk combines formal network analysis and interviews with key members of the corporate elite in order to examine how this decline has affected Dutch capitalism. Even in a liberal market economy, however, corporate directors need social networks to communicate and coordinate their strategic decisions, and Decline of the Corporate Community considers the shift of the corporate elite to the new private and informal circles where networking takes place.
Both the practitioner and academic communities have voiced strong opinions regarding the progress of women in reaching the executive suite and the corporate boardroom. Proponents on each side of the current debate offer evidence suggesting the accuracy of their respective positions. One view holds: "The fight is over. The battle is won. Women are now accepted as outside directors in the preponderance of corporate boardrooms" (Lear, 1994: 10). An alternative perspective, however, suggests there is much progress left. An illustration of the type of remaining barriers is provided by T. J. Rodgers, chief executive officer (CEO) of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. , who has commented that "a 'woman's view' on how to run our semiconductor company does not help us" (Rodgers, 1996: 14). Regardless of where one falls along the spectrum anchored at one end by the view that women have made substantial progress in reaching the upper echelons of corporations and anchored at the other end by the view that women have barely begun to penetrate the "inner sanctum" of corporations, the central issue is the extent to which women have succeeded in cracking the proverbial "glass ceiling. " The glass ceiling is a metaphorical barrier which prevents women from attaining the upper-most organizational positions (e. g. , Karr, 1991; Morrison, White, Van Velsor, and the Center for Creative Leadership, 1992; Powell & Butterfield, 1994; U. S. Department of Labor, 1991).
This book examines the international trends and associated developments in gender equality policy including corporate governance such as gender quotas. International comparative analysis is combined with detailed analysis of eight European countries with different policy regimes and trajectories.
Corporate Boards: Managers of Risk, Sources of Risk dealswith the highly timely topic of the Corporate Board and itsrelationship to risk, both in terms of its management and itscreation. Utilizes a multi-disciplinary perspective which draws on thefields of economics, law, business ethics, and corporate socialresponsibility Features a range of topics including the role of corporateboards in overseeing increasingly complex risk managementtechniques and the ethical dimensions of corporate board behaviorin managing risk Of interest to students, scholars, and firm stakeholders Explores how recent events have also shown that the members ofCorporate Boards can be sources of risk