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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dual Class Ownership

A couple of years ago I posted a video proposing multiple-class stock as a way to empower owners and hold management to account. Now seems like a good time to discuss the downside of dual-class or multiple-class stock because there have been some recent high profile offerings that bring… June 20, 2012 | ownership , corporate governance , shareholder rights , proxy
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Corporate Governance 2011 -- Year End Reflections

1. The Elephant in the Living Room. The single best indicator of the state of corporate governance - a system of accountable power – is the capacity of senior management to increase their own compensation that has been going on for two decades. The metaphor of the elephant in… January 3, 2012 | accountability , corporate governance , CEO Pay , boards of directors , Dodd-Frank , lobbying , fiduciary duty
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, May 9, 2011

The Appearance of Reality: States as Laboratory

This is the sixth 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 9, 2011 | corporate domicile , corporation law , proxy , corporate governance , Disinformation
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
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
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
Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bulletproof Interview Special - Robert Monks on the Crossroads of Corporate Governance and Public Interest

As part of a continuing series of Bulletproof Blog™ video interviews with thought leaders across multiple disciplines and industry sectors, we recently attended the NACD Directorship 100 Forum in New York City to gain leading insights on the foremost corporate governance challenges facing boards of directors today. While there,… March 3, 2011 | corporate governance , Dodd-Frank , Corporate Power , Citizens United
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Response to the FCIC Final Report

Response to FCIC Final Report: Part I   Many people have commented on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Report released in January. After following the Commission’s progress and reading much of the press on it, I also offer my thoughts and I present two main for discussion:   the financial crisis… February 22, 2011 | Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission , financial crisis , corporate governance , Business
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