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May 29, 2013 Shareholders Are Speaking Up, but Who’s Listening?Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times
We are nearing the end of proxy season, that once-a-year moment when shareholders can speak their minds, sort of, to the officers and directors overseeing their companies. But that doesn’t mean corporate boards always listen.
May 29, 2013 Who Cares What Stockholders Think?Source: Forbes
Democracy, he said, was not only the way our political system worked but also how we ran our corporations. The people who owned common stock voted for a board of directors who in turn elected a chairman and hired a president to...
May 28, 2013 A Diverse Board Is an Independent BoardSource: Harvard Business Review
Good corporate governance is about many things — boards that act independently, robust shareholder rights, accurate accounting, reasonable and fair executive compensation, and so on. No single parameter defines good governance....
May 20, 2013 J.P. Morgan's doubtful Dimon defenseSource: Eleanor Bloxham, CEO of The Value Alliance, CNN Money
J.P. Morgan's letter to shareholders defending its actions and Jamie Dimon's hold on the CEO-chair position not only missed its mark, it also unwittingly advanced their opponents' cause.
May 20, 2013 A Troubling Survey on Global CorruptionSource: Floyd Norris, NY Times
A new survey of corporate officials and employees in 36 countries — in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as India — indicates that there is plenty of corruption that needs investigating. Over all, 20 percent of the...
May 14, 2013 Katz: This Dimon Is ForeverSource: The Street
...companies with unified chairman and CEO roles, the issue often requires more thought. For JPMorgan, the issue is ultimately one of textbook policy vs. pragmatic reality. Contrary to some commentary, the role of the chairman is...
Source: NY Times
Some proponents of the current American version of corporate capitalism contend that if there is a problem with the way our largest companies are run, shareholders will take care of it – by putting pressure on directors,...
May 8, 2013 The Chancellor’s LamentSource: Joe Nocera, NY Times
By most measures, Holden Thorp’s five-year tenure as the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is coming to an end next month, was a roaring success. The university went from 19th to 9th in federal...
Writing recently about developing a code of conduct or code of ethics, as it is sometimes called, I was struck by the importance of an organization having a code to guide employee behavior.
May 6, 2013 Management, to the Barricades!Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times
THE annals of business history abound with stories of entrenched corporate executives building fortifications to maintain their plush status quo. But recent maneuvers by the board of the CommonWealth real estate investment trust...
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