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Overview

This book applies John Carver's highly successful Policy Governance(r) model to corporate boards. Carver and boardroom consultant Caroline Oliver explain the world's only conceptually coherent operating system for boards. This simple yet profound system clarifies roles, empowers directors and senior management alike, and makes accountability feasible to a previously unattainable degree. The authors suggest a redefinition and elevation of the value that boards should create and show how to apply the Policy Governance design to commanding company performance. Corporate Boards That Create Value gives corporate directors and all who care about governance a powerful tool for success.

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Editorial Reviews

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a valuable and enjoyable read-well worth adding to the bookshelf?"(Ps.advisor, 18 October 2002)
Publishers Weekly
Here's a timely thought: corporate boards should govern their organizations, rather than simply condoning the antics of aggressive CEOs. While most corporate boards offer their company little more than a group designed to hire and support the CEO, Carver and Oliver outline a broader set of duties for a responsible, more effective board, including the practice of setting management expectations and evaluating performance. The essence of this book is contained in the case the authors make for a chief government officer to replace the traditional chairman position. The point is to create board leadership that lives much closer to the organization's management. Thus, instead of a gap between the CEO and the chairman, there would now be an overlap, which would give the board more governing relevance. Light reading this isn't, but for those serious about changing corporate governance (and who isn't after Enron?), this is an excellent resource. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787961145
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/5/2002
  • Series: J-B Carver Board Governance Series , #19
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,274,480
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carver is internationally known as creator of the breakthrough in board leadership called the Policy Governance model. He has worked with boards in the United States and Canada and on four other continents for over twenty years. Carver is the author of the books John Carver on Board Leadership (2001), Boards That Make a Difference, Second Edition (1997), and coauthor of Reinventing Your Board (1997), and A New Vision of Board Leadership (1994). He is also the author of the bimonthly newsletter workshop Board Leadership, the video John Carver on Board Governance (1993), the audiotape Empowering Boards for Leadership (1992), and coauthor of the CarverGuide Series on Effective Board Governance.

Caroline Oliver is the general editor of The Policy Governance Fieldbook (1999) and a founder and current chair of the International Policy Governance Association. Oliver has worked with boards in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. and writes, speaks, and consults on governance across all sectors.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Sir Adrian Cadbury).

Introduction.

1. The Value of Boards.

2. Designing the Board's Job.

3. Forging Group Leadership.

4. Connecting to Management.

5. Setting Expectations for Management Performance.

6. Reporting Board and Management Performance.

7. Maintaining the Gains.

8. Getting There from Here.

Appendixes.

A. Glossary.

B. The Case for a CGO.

C. Chair and CEO: One Person or Two?

D. Inside Directors.

E. Sample Board Policies Under Policy Governance.

F. Sample Monitoring Report Under Policy Governance.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

The Authors.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Packed with Knowledge!

    One common thread has connected the companies involved in the recent spate of high-profile corporate bankruptcies and scandals: The failure of boards of directors to control management. John Carver, an international consultant on corporate governance, explains the role of the board of directors and defines the proper relationship between the board and top management. To summarize: The board commands; management obeys. Since this is all too often not the case, we from getAbstract strongly recommend that everyone in business read this book for its essential advice on strengthening the authority and accountability of corporate boards of directors.

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