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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

And the answer is.... I still don't know.

In looking back over the recent blog posts that I called “Appearance of Reality,” it occurs to me that several anomalies in contemporary Corporate Governance are worth mentioning. I had hoped to solve some of these inconsistencies -- at least in my own mind but many questions still remain… June 22, 2011 | corporate domicile , accountability , corporate governance , ownership , globalization , responsible ownership , trustees , Disinformation
Monday, June 20, 2011

Deja Vu All Over Again: British Petroleum

As we pass the one-year anniversary of the Gulf Coast disaster I am reminded of the earlier BP disaster at the Texas City oil refinery in 2005. I’m still astounded that a leading company previously charged with numerous felonies for a major environmental disaster was allowed to have another major… June 20, 2011 | accountability , corporate social responsibility , globalization , responsible ownership
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Corpocracy revisited

My book Corpocracy was a sleeper.  It got very little notice but I consistently hear from people who've read it and been influenced by it.  It was an important book for me:  yes, it was still largely about business and governance but it was also about democratic capitalism and… June 15, 2011 | accountability , Corporate Power , Citizens United , corporate speech
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Saving Capitalism from Short-Termism

One of the most pleasurable experiences a reader can have is a new book by Al Rappaport on a subject in which they are interested.  His Saving Capitalism from Short-Termism insightfully exposes the contradictions by which we incentivize money managers to require short term focus by company managers.  “Incentive… June 9, 2011 | responsible ownership , shareholder activism , value
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Stock Buy Backs

This is the ninth post in my effort to clarify corporate governance terms and concepts that now seem misleading to me. We all know what these words mean in a literal sense but in the context of governance, of business and of our post-crash world do they still mean… June 8, 2011 | CEO power , fiduciary duty , ownership , responsible ownership , CEO Pay , Disinformation
Friday, June 3, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Globalization & the Corporation

This is the eighth post in my effort to clarify corporate governance terms and concepts that now seem misleading to me. We all know what these words mean in a literal sense but in the context of governance, of business and of our post-crash world do they still mean… June 3, 2011 | Disinformation
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Massey Energy & the Upper Big Branch Report

Underground coal mining is dangerous. In some countries, it is illegal. It is not illegal in the United States and the Federal Mine Safety Board has an unblemished record for mediocrity. Much of the energy consumed in this country is generated by burning coal; every time we turn on… May 24, 2011 | accountability , corporate social responsibility
Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Long-Term Shareholders

This is the seventh post in my effort to clarify corporate governance terms and concepts that now seem misleading to me. We all know what these words mean in a literal sense but in the context of governance, of business and of our post-crash world do they still mean… May 19, 2011 | responsible ownership , shareholder activism , ownership , institutional investors , value , Disinformation
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Corporate Governance "Aha" Moment

In a moment of reflection, I have been thinking about the incident that woke me up to corporate governance.  It's a story I've told but I was asked so I'll tell it again here.  What is your "Aha" moment with respect to corporate governance or shareholder activism?  I'm curious… May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Exxon 2011

ExxonMobil 2011   Two years ago I swore off going to ExxonMobil annual meetings – and I still have no plans to return. However, the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of ExxonMobil is an important event and we should take notice. The most powerful commercial entity in the world meets… May 11, 2011 | Exxon , annual meetings , shareholder activism , CEO power , responsible ownership
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Last night's reading

Asymmetry of power causes chaos. We now live in a world where corporations operate globally and their domiciles are virtually powerless to regulate their activity. Governments have limited options respecting foreign corporations that affect their citizens and their air space. Hopefully, some thought will be devoted to an international… May 10, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Q&A with Governance Expert Bob Monks (Part 1)

GMI Director Bob Monks is the co-founder of The Corporate Library (now part of the new GovernanceMetrics International). Last week Research Associate Michelle Lamb talked with Bob about environmental accounting, the social costs of our energy economy, and what it all means for the future of ESG research.  Read… May 10, 2011
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