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    1. What Boards Need to Know About Sustainability Ratings

      What Boards Need to Know About Sustainability Ratings

      Corporate boards of directors must tackle questions about sustainability in a new and urgent manner. If they don’t, they will hear from investors about their lack of action. In just the latest indication of the investor community’s increasing scrutiny on sustainability, Yahoo announced in 2018 that it would start publishing sustainability ratings for publicly traded companies...

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    2. When and Why Diversity Improves Your Board’s Performance

      When and Why Diversity Improves Your Board’s Performance

      On January 1, California law said that all locally headquartered publicly traded companies must have at least one female director by 2020. While new to the U.S., mandates to increase gender diversity on corporate boards are common elsewhere. For example, Norway, Spain, France, and Iceland all have laws requiring that women comprise at least 40% of boards at publicly listed companies...

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    3. Dysfunction in the Boardroom

      Dysfunction in the Boardroom

      For years women have sought greater representation on corporate boards. And most boards say they want more diversity. So why did women hold only 16.6% of Fortune 500 board seats in 2012? And why, for the past six years, has that percentage been relatively flat, increasing by just two points, according to data from the research firm Catalyst?

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    4. Running Better Boardroom Discussions

      Running Better Boardroom Discussions

      I sit on a board as a nonexecutive director and often feel uncomfortable about the amount of time available to raise questions and debate issues. In addition, I recently worked with a different board on how to add more value to the business. In this role I found myself counseling one of the directors to ask fewer questions and make fewer comments.

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

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

      Ever since Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations in 1776, observers have bemoaned boards of directors as being ineffective as both monitors and advisors of management. Because a CEO often effectively controls the director selection process, he will tend to choose directors who are unlikely to oppose him, and who are unlikely to provide the diverse perspectives necessary to maximize firm value. Institutional investors often are critical of CEOs’ influence over boards and have made efforts to help companies improve their governance. Nonetheless, boards remain highly imperfect.

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    6. How Family Business Owners Should Bring the Next Generation into the Company

      How Family Business Owners Should Bring the Next Generation into the Company

      “Go find your passion,’’ Henry directed his children when they reached their late teens and early twenties. “Find your interests outside our family business and pursue them.’’ As inspiring as those words may have been, Henry, the patriarch of a successful automotive parts business, wasn’t simply freeing his children to follow their dreams. He was requiring it.

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    7. Innovation Should Be a Top Priority for Boards. So Why Isn’t It?

      Innovation Should Be a Top Priority for Boards. So Why Isn’t It?

      Corporate directors and executives alike recognize that today’s pace of change continues to accelerate and that firms need to innovate to stay ahead. But are boards doing enough to support innovation, as they should? We conducted a survey of over 5,000 board members from around the world to find out...

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. How to Be a Good Board Chair

      How to Be a Good Board Chair

      Most board chairs are experienced leaders. Half the chairs of the S&P 500 double as their companies’ chief executives, and the vast majority of the rest are former CEOs. But the close association of the two positions creates problems. It’s difficult for a board led by the CEO to serve as a check on that CEO—which is precisely why, after the corporate scandals of the 1990s and early 2000s, more companies began separating the roles. However, that division can create another problem: When the chair is not the CEO, there’s a real danger that he or ...

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    11. How Boards Can Reduce Corporate Misbehavior

      How Boards Can Reduce Corporate Misbehavior

      One defining feature of 2017 has been seeing corporate directors and officers being held personally responsible for illegal behavior at their companies. For example, after Wells Fargo Bank paid more than $300 million in penalties for creating over 3 million sham customer accounts, Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco refused to dismiss claims against the fifteen members of the Wells Fargo board. And Oliver Schmidt, the highest ranking Volkswagen officer residing in the United States, was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay $400,000 for his role in the VW ...

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    12. Corporate Governance Should Combine the Best of Private Equity and Family Firms

      Corporate Governance Should Combine the Best of Private Equity and Family Firms

      The public corporation is typically bedeviled by the gap between managers’ and shareholders’ interests. Over the years, governance has attempted to close that gap by aligning incentives with measures of performance. These attempts have often failed. But where they have succeeded, they have left public corporations increasingly swayed by short-term results (which are easy to measure) at the expense of future success.

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