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Monday, April 18, 2011

Bretton Woods Revisited, April 2011

Earlier this month I attended Bretton Woods Revisited, a conference hosted by the Insitute for New Economic Thinking (INET).  Subtitled Crisis and Renewal: International Political Economy at the Crossroads, the conference featured fascinating speakers from all over the world.  They've set up a conference blog that is full of… April 18, 2011 | corporate social responsibility , corporate governance , capitalism , financial crisis , regulation
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Will the Federal Budget Affect Corporate Governance?

How will deep budget cuts at the federal level affect Corporate Governance?  We put out the call for questions because we resumed video taping for the blog yesterday.  Nell Minow post this question on my Facebook page.  Send us yours... April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pensions, pensions, pensions...

In the mid-1980’s pension and retirement funds were a hot news topic – as they are now.  The issue then was how they should be managed and I spent a lot of time considering the issue.  I was appointed by President Reagan to the Trustees of the Federal Employees’… April 12, 2011 | ERISA , Pension
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Independence

This is the third post in my effort to clarify corporate governance terms 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 the same… April 12, 2011 | independent directors , corporate governance , board collegiality , accountability , CEO power , Disinformation
Thursday, April 7, 2011

What's going on here? For $3 million you're going to take one of the great reputations in America and expose it to all measure of questions?

I talked with Ben Berkowitz of Reuters yesterday about the Berkshire Hathaway Board.  Read the story.    April 7, 2011 | directors , corporate governance , independent directors
Friday, April 1, 2011

Bob Monks Interview: Part Two

In the second part of a two-part interview, Bob Monks, the corporate governance veteran, begins by discussing how regulatory environments shift as governments change. He recounts his time working for former US president Ronald Reagan, when the White House would cancel Monks’ lawsuits. Part two of Inside Investor Relations… April 1, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011

When An Investor Relations Officer SHOULD JUST QUIT

In our interview with Bob Monks earlier this year, the governance advocate considered the question: when should an IRO resign? Monks was talking in the context of corporate fraud. But the question lends itself to other scenarios – for example, when you disagree with management about the need to… April 1, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Shareholders & Ownership

This is the second post in my effort to clarify corporate governance terms 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 the same thing? … March 22, 2011 | Disinformation , shareholder activism , ownership
Monday, March 21, 2011

Resource for students: 101 Assets, Activities & Approaches

101 Assets, Activities, and Approaches for Students in Business Associations/Corporations Courses Professor Walter Effross sent us this resource for students and we wanted to share it with you.  This list, in no special order, offers suggested methods and considerations that students in Business Associations/Corporations courses or seminars, or related… March 21, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Board Elections

The Appearance of Reality: Elect What do we mean when we talk about electing directors?  2010 culminated a period of years during which the fundamental dynamics of Corporate Governance were diluted into virtual meaninglessness.  Recently, I’ve been thinking about words that that seem straightforward but whose meanings has become… March 16, 2011 | corporate governance , management , ownership , shareholder resolutions , shareholder rights , Disinformation
Monday, March 14, 2011

The Appearance of Reality

As I write these days I keep coming back to the framework of corporate governance and some of the key concepts that now seem misleading to me. I don’t mean just the failures in regard to the financial crisis or the loss of traction in Dodd-Frank. I think we’re very far… March 14, 2011 | corporate governance , capitalism , Disinformation
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Women on Boards - a new report

There has been a lot of news coverage about women serving on corporate boards recently.  Be sure to see these:  Nell Minow discussed it on her BNET blog and Governance Metrics International has just released a free report: 2011 Women on Boards.  The report includes:                  -Statistics for countries… March 9, 2011 | directors
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