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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Occupy Wall Street...

Is anyone really surprised to see the frustration over economic inequities lead to public dissent?  Like everyone, I'm watching the Occupy Wall Street with interest and glad to see it get so much coverage.  I'm very flattered to have been singled out in a short piece about three documentaries… October 11, 2011 | Occupy Wall Street , accountability
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Director Liability is the Polite Lie at the Core of Corporate Governance

In thinking about director liability lately -- and it's a subject that never seems to go away -- I'm convinced that it's an underlying weakness in corporate governance.  Can a director truly fulfill their required duty to shareholders if they are indemnified and insured against every action, word, deed… June 29, 2011 | accountability , directors , fiduciary duty , shareholder rights , director liability
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
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
Friday, April 29, 2011

Reading: Public Law and Private Power by John Cioffi

It is a fine analysis of the interrelationship of corporate governance and conventional political considerations.  In particular, this passage stuck out for me, “It is difficult if not impossible to determine whether, or to what extent, managers seek to maintain autonomy from the state for ideological and normative reasons… April 29, 2011 | accountability , CEO Pay , CEO power , Corporate Power
Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Directors

This is the fifth 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 28, 2011 | accountability , directors , fiduciary duty , independent directors , Disinformation
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Directors: Like parsley on fish

Some reflections after reading What's a Director to Do?  By Joseph Fuller and Michael C. Jensen. The emergence of the CEO as autocrat has reduced the position of boards of directors to "parsley on fish."  If a different system is desired, boards will have to change in virtually all… April 26, 2011 | accountability , fiduciary duty , board collegiality , directors , independent directors
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: Trustees

This is the fourth 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 19, 2011 | accountability , fiduciary duty , institutional investors , Pension , trustees , Disinformation
Monday, April 18, 2011

Goldman's Tin Ear?

Apparently, the questions raised with Goldman Sachs in the Hearings a year ago before the Financial Crisis Investigations Committee and Senator Levin's sub committee will persist. Was Goldman "tin eared", a little less than candid or did they deliberately misrepresent facts? Both Levin's committee and the newly published Money… April 18, 2011 | accountability , Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission , financial crisis , fiduciary duty , self-regulation , Corporate Power
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
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