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    1. Research: When Women Are on Boards, Male CEOs Are Less Overconfident

      Research: When Women Are on Boards, Male CEOs Are Less Overconfident

      A number of governments (notably those in India, California, and parts of Europe) are pushing for greater female representation in the boardroom. And several studies suggest why: Having women on the board results better acquisition and investment decisions and in less aggressive risk-taking, yielding benefits for shareholders. What’s less clear is why these effects happen...

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    2. Back Channels in the Boardroom

      Back Channels in the Boardroom

      The agendas of company boards are so packed that it’s hard to get to every question and concern during regular meetings. So between meetings, directors do what members of a team always do in this situation: They start having conversations on the side. Conducted properly, side discussions allow directors to work together efficiently—to trade opinions, share information, and exert influence...

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    3. CEOs with Diverse Networks Create Higher Firm Value

      CEOs with Diverse Networks Create Higher Firm Value

      To estimate the effect of a CEO's social network's diversity on their firm's value, we used ordinary least square regression models to control for other variables that could potentially change firm value, such as firm size, profitability, financial leverage, investment intensity, and corporate governance .

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    4. Research: Could Machine Learning Help Companies Select Better Board Directors?

      Research: Could Machine Learning Help Companies Select Better Board Directors?

      These techniques are rapidly changing many industries — could they also improve corporate governance ? To explore that question, we conducted a study of how machine learning might be used to select board directors, and how the selected directors might differ from those selected by management.

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    5. Research: Activist Investors Are More Likely to Target Female CEOs

      Research: Activist Investors Are More Likely to Target Female CEOs

      Mary Barra, Meg Whitman, Indra Nooyi: These are just three of the women who have successfully broken through the notorious “glass ceiling” to become CEOs of large public firms. Although women are still underrepresented at the top of corporations, there is growing interest in understanding whether ...

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    6. The Fastest-Growing Cause for Shareholders Is Sustainability

      The Fastest-Growing Cause for Shareholders Is Sustainability

      Ask someone to name the demands that activist hedge funds make of companies and they’ll likely list corporate governance issues like board changes and executive compensation, or perhaps some form of restructuring. In fact, the largest number of shareholder resolutions filed by investors — the method through which activists work — now concern social and environmental issues ...

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    7. Where Boards Fall Short

      Where Boards Fall Short

      Boards aren’t working. It’s been more than a decade since the first wave of post-Enron regulatory reforms, and despite a host of guidelines from independent watchdogs such as the International Corporate Governance Network, most boards aren’t delivering on their core mission: providing strong oversight and strategic support for management’s efforts to create long-term value. This isn’t just our opinion. Directors also believe boards are falling short, our research suggests...

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    8. So You Want to Join a Board

      So You Want to Join a Board

      Many senior managers desire — and are qualified — to join a board. And many companies around the world would greatly benefit from infusions of fresh talent and insight into their boards. Yet all too often board positions go to people who are already serving on other boards. So how can you, a promising potential new director, realize your aspiration...

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    9. What Smart Boards Do When Investors Knock

      What Smart Boards Do When Investors Knock

      Bulls in a china shop—or catalysts for change?  The divides created when activist investors muscle their way onto boards as varied as those of Hewlett-Packard, J. C. Penny, and Yahoo can run as deep as those on Capitol Hill. Has Ralph Whitworth of Relational Investors restored shareholder value at HP?  Did William A. Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management destroy value at J.C. Penney?  Has Daniel Loeb of Third Point rebuilt value at Yahoo...

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