What Is Corporate Governance?

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What directors can do to restore effectiveness and accountability to corporate boardrooms

From Enron to Arthur Andersen, allegations of corner office criminality have brought new attention to the roles and responsibilities of corporate boards and directors. What Is Corporate Governance? focuses on the role corporate directors play in determining that a corporation stays within the bounds of the law, achieves sustained profitability, and is ...

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Overview

What directors can do to restore effectiveness and accountability to corporate boardrooms

From Enron to Arthur Andersen, allegations of corner office criminality have brought new attention to the roles and responsibilities of corporate boards and directors. What Is Corporate Governance? focuses on the role corporate directors play in determining that a corporation stays within the bounds of the law, achieves sustained profitability, and is operated in the best interests of its shareholders and other stakeholder constituencies.

This latest addition to McGraw-Hill's popular What Is . . . series explores:

  • Attributes to look for when choosing a competent director—independence, functional competence, general and company-specific expertise, and more
  • The Board-CEO relationship, from techniques for selecting an effective CEO to measures for determining compensation that drives performance without appearing excessive
  • How legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley is driving positive changes in operations and management, and should continue to increase board accountability in control and governance issues

The ultimate test of board effectiveness is the degree to which an organization achieves its purpose. What Is Corporate Governance? provides a concise, comprehensive overview of what corporations and their directors must do to create an entity that is operationally sound, competitively strong, and able to address the needs of all of its stakeholders—from customers in search of the best products to stockholders entitled to an acceptable return on their investments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071444484
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/6/2004
  • Series: McGraw-Hill Executive MBA Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Colley Jr., Jacqueline L. Doyle, George Logan, and Wallace Stettinius are faculty members at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Other titles from these authors include Corporate Strategy (with Robert D. Hardie) and Corporate Governance.

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Table of Contents

1 Corporate governance makes headlines 1
2 The legal obligations of directors 7
3 Getting and keeping an effective board 19
4 How an effective board organizes its work 31
5 The board-CEO relationship 47
6 CEO compensation 57
7 The board's role in management 69
8 New requirements : Sarbanes-Oxley Act and stock exchange rules 79
9 How directors and boards get into trouble 87
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