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Winning Legally: How to Use the Law to Create Value, Marshal Resources, and Manage Risk

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The rash of corporate scandals in recent years underscores a fact too often ignored in the business world: flouting the law holds serious consequences. Indeed, all it takes is one rogue trader, one greedy executive, or one misinformed manager to place an entire organization at risk. But respected legal expert Constance E. Bagley argues that staying out of trouble is only part of the picture when it comes to legality in business.

In Winning Legally, Bagley shows how managers can...

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Overview


The rash of corporate scandals in recent years underscores a fact too often ignored in the business world: flouting the law holds serious consequences. Indeed, all it takes is one rogue trader, one greedy executive, or one misinformed manager to place an entire organization at risk. But respected legal expert Constance E. Bagley argues that staying out of trouble is only part of the picture when it comes to legality in business.

In Winning Legally, Bagley shows how managers can proactively harness the power of the law to maximize corporate value, marshal human and financial resources, and manage risk. Through scores of classic and contemporary examples across the business landscape, this no-nonsense guide completely re-frames the relationship of law to business. Bagley explains how managers can use the law as a strategic tool to help select and work effectively with legal advisers, spot legal issues before they become problems, weigh the legal risks of specific opportunities, and more.

Ultimately, the responsibility for making tough business decisions lies with managers--not with lawyers. This timely book shows how managers can combine business audacity and vision with integrity and respect for the law to build truly great and enduring firms. Constance E. Bagley is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. She was formerly a partner of Bingham McCutchen LLP and co-author of The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591391920
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2005
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 953,237
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Maximizing value while managing risk 1
2 Playing by the rules 21
3 Cultivating compliance for strategic strength 47
4 Using contracts to define and strengthen relationships 87
5 Capturing the value of intellectual capital 117
6 Protecting brand equity 153
7 Unleashing the power of human capital 175
8 Managing disputes 203
9 Achieving the advice advantage 223
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