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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Coming Soon: the new book is out this month!

  Stay tuned for more information soon...   March 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Shame and Accountability

As I write the new book, I’ve been thinking about shame in the context first suggested to me by my college roommate, Donald Munro, who is a retired professor at Michigan. My college roommates periodically meet and at one recent occasion Don was talking about Chinese history, in which… December 26, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012

Themes from the new book: Corporate Competitiveness

I'm writing a new book that I expect to come out in early 2013.  It focuses on corporate power -- not only in business and finance, but power in our government and even over the public dialog about what is best for our country.  My expertise is in governance… December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Great & the Good Must Step Up

By Hugh Wheelan (interview with Bob Monks in Responsible Investor).  It’s testament to Bob Monks’ passion for corporate governance that as he approaches 79 years of age he’s still ready to challenge received wisdom, and with what he calls a renewed ‘sense of freedom’ now that he no longer… December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

To my surprise!

Years ago I was interviewed for a documentary called The Corporation.  A new documentary has been made using some of that old footage and I thought I'd share it with you.  See what you think and look for me at about 12:35. December 19, 2012 | accountability , corporate social responsibility , corporate governance , social responsibility
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Serendipitous Week and a Renewed Hope for Stewardship

Since the financial crisis, I’ve made repeated calls for the Great and the Good to step become active and responsible owners (see this piece on the GMIRatings site). Actually, I started on this track before the crisis when I wrote a letter to Harvard – my alma mater –… November 13, 2012 | corporate governance , ethics , LIBOR , stewardship , United Kingdom , shareholder activism , accountability
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Scourge of corpocracy

I've been called a lot of things but "scourge of corpocracy" may be the best.  I was lucky enough to get lots of good press during my October trip to the UK and Europe.  Many interesting conversations going on there and my visit helped to fuel my work on… November 6, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Corporate Character

GMI is trying to define the characteristics of a corporation and how management make decisions that affect shareholders.  October 11, 2012. October 17, 2012 | corporate governance , Corporate Power , management , shareholder rights , accountability
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

In the Boardroom: US lags behind UK on reform - Bob Monks

I had the chance to talk with Lucy Marcus of Reuters today about the difficulty of getting corporate boards to listen to shareholders, and the differences in shareholder activism in the U.S. and U.K.  It was a very good discussion with a very good interviewer.  Have a listen. … October 2, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012

No more carrot. We need the stick

I'm having some very good conversations during my time here in London.  For some time, I've been sounding a call for large shareholders and fund managers to step up and take their fiduciary duty seriously.  The Financial Times has given me some good opportunity to talk about this over… September 24, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Is Shareholder Spring a Myth?

We’ve heard a lot about “Shareholder Spring” this year – the idea that this proxy season shareholders were actively standing up and forcing changes in the boardroom. Some of this is attributed to Dodd-Frank and a mandatory say-on-pay vote (one that is nonbinding, but more about that later). Actually, it seems… June 28, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Book: Emerging Ownership

It’s hard to find good news in recent economic reports – or really any since the financial crisis. Some are beginning to look at new forms of ownership for possible answers. It’s a fascinating issue and a new book on the topic offers wisdom and insight. Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership… June 21, 2012 | capitalism , ownership
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