Governance

PwC Publishes 2015 Annual Corporate Directors Survey

PwC Publishes 2015 Annual Corporate Directors Survey

Board member views on strategy and risk oversight have shifted to a longer-term orientation with emphasis on evaluating macro-trends as part of their strategic review, according to PwC’s recent Annual Corporate Directors Survey. However, Board members are being pressured to balance longer-term strategic planning and investment with the need to meet short-term investor expectations. Additional key findings from the recent...

10 Ways for CEOs to Improve Corporate Governance

10 Ways for CEOs to Improve Corporate Governance

In order to achieve maximally effective governance, CEOs and Boards of Directors must work hand in hand. A governance committee can be helpful in fostering this partnership, but with or without governance committees, CEOs must take an active role in improving Board performance. Linda Henman offers 10 strategies to do just that.

Board Diversity by Design

Board Diversity by Design

A diverse Board of Directors, replete with members from differing ethnicities, professional backgrounds, genders and even education levels, is a stronger Board of Directors. With a homogeneous Board at the helm, an organization is far more susceptible to groupthink and equally likely to have blind spots. Voya Financial's CEO weighs in on the benefits of a diverse Board.

Boards Turn Critical Eye Inward: Peer Dissatisfaction on Rise

Boards Turn Critical Eye Inward: Peer Dissatisfaction on Rise

PwC recently launched its Annual Corporate Directors Survey, and the findings reveal that many Directors are dissatisfied with Board makeup, citing diminished performance due to aging, unpreparedness for meetings and lack of expertise as the top reasons for their dissatisfaction with peer performance. Paula Loop explores this and additional findings...

Think Before You Arbitrate!

Think Before You Arbitrate!

In many cases it's preferable for an employer to resolve a dispute via arbitration rather than in court. But that's not at all true across the board. Having an arbitration agreement in place doesn't entirely protect an organization from going to court when employment practices are called into question. And it's not always cheaper to go the arbitration route, either...

Observations on the Short-Term/Long-Term Debate, Part 2

Observations on the Short-Term/Long-Term Debate, Part 2

Part two in a discussion about “short-termism” and “long-termism” in the corporate and investment worlds. Management and Boards generally doubt that institutional investors approach the debate neutrally, with the proxy voting process being weighted in investors’ favor. Greater engagement is the only solution to combat this bias, but it may only be feasible for the largest companies.

Get Ready for the New Age of IT Governance

Get Ready for the New Age of IT Governance

Enterprise information technology governance plays a vital role in aligning IT with business processes, and this alignment is critical in creating value for stakeholders. Consequently, a holistic approach is in order. IT governance must be an integrated component -- not a siloed element -- of the enterprise’s overall governance framework.

Observations on the Short-Term/Long-Term Debate, Part 1

Observations on the Short-Term/Long-Term Debate, Part 1

“The debate over “short-termism” versus “long-termism” is raging in the corporate and investment world and is spilling over even into the 2016 Presidential campaigns. Ironically, the heat of the debate mirrors the confusion over what the debate is or should be about: Duration? Quarterly performance? Do quick gains inherently create less value than investing in big picture growth?

How to Ruin a Powerhouse

How to Ruin a Powerhouse

In the automotive industry, GM was untouchable until just a few years ago. 2014 was a particularly low point for the company. Rocked by scandal stemming from the bungled management of a serious safety issue, the GM's new CEO was faced with salvaging the company's reputation. The culture was to blame, she said. Really? We think not.

Illusory Promises May Derail Your Non-Competes

Illusory Promises May Derail Your Non-Competes

Recent court cases might be signaling a new trend for how non-compete agreements are interpreted – one that looks at the sufficiency of the contract’s consideration, rather than its existence. Courts are now looking at the adequacy of promises within the contract to determine if employers’ offers in exchange for a signed agreement might be inadequate.

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