Mastering Global Corporate Governance. IMD Executive Development Series

  • ID: 2209124
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 236 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Corporate governance is the hot topic of the new millennium. Corporations need new systems of accountability to create the transparency that is now required. They need new ways to get staff and shareholders involved in decision making long–term, tools for creating wealth, tools for solving complex problems and ways of competing in global markets.

The way to success is clear: boards need to clarify their role and build an effective framework for their accountability to owners. Unlike other books on the subject, Mastering Global Corporate Governance helps boards to investigate their inner workings. The authors argue that leadership is a key board responsibility and that good corporate governance lies in the strength of a corporate leader. Leadership means three things: setting the strategic direction, monitoring results and selecting and coaching the top team. Mastering Global Corporate Governance focuses on two ′burning issues′ for senior executives and board members:

  • How can the boards of global companies best lead their companies through the four fundamental dilemmas all boards face?
    The drive for shareholder value in global markets versus expectation of a society for the corporate licence to operate.
    Micromanagement versus detachment.
    Risk taking versus tight financial control.
    Eroding global boundaries versus national legal and cultural frameworks.
  • How can boards, entrusted with ultimate responsibility for the way a company exercises leadership, provide that leadership?
′IMD′s book on corporate governance will be helpful for business because it recognizes that governance is about leadership, not political correctness, because it shows on concrete examples how various governance models can be adapted to different strategies and business situations and because it suggests practical solutions to problems.′ BERTRAND COLLOMB, CHAIRMAN & CEO, LAFARGE

′IMD has a very impressive record of using its partnerships with business to ensure its research focuses on the realities of the business world. This book is a fine addition to that record and provides real practical insights into how business leaders can respond the key challenge of improving the governance of their organizations.′SIR PHILIP WATTS KCMG, CHAIRMAN OF ′SHELL′ TRANSPORT AND TRADING CO., PLC, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF MANAGING DIRECTORS OF THE ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL GROUP OF COMPANIES

Mastering Global Corporate Governance focuses on the most important challenges boards are now facing. This IMD book highlights the conditions and contexts to which every company – and every board – must respond consistently. The insights delivered into the "black box" of board leadership are enriching, thoughtful and can improve any board." JAN VON HAEFTEN, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF METRO AG

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Preface and Acknowledgements.

Introduction A Roadmap for the Book.


Chapter 1. Now that Everything is in Place, Does it Matter?

Chapter 2. How can Corporate Governance Fail?

Chapter 3. Shedding Some Light into the Black Box.

Chapter 4. Managing Complexity in Global Corporate Governance.

Chapter 5. Some Nagging Questions.


Chapter 6. The Role and Responsibilities of the CEO (Peter Lorange).

Chapter 7. Performance Evaluation of Corporate Boards and Boards of Directors (Fred Neubauer and Helga Krapf).

Chapter 8. How Governing Family Businesses is Different (John Ward).


Chapter 9. Cobra versus Commerzbank, War at the Helm of Elicore, and National Life (Commented by Bill George).




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Ulrich Steger holds the Alcan Chair of Environmental Management at IMD and is Director of IMD s research project on Corporate Sustainability Management, CSM. He is also Director of all Daimler Chrysler Partnership Programs, the Allianz Excellence Program and the Yukos Program. In addition, Professor Steger heads IMD s Global Corporate Governance Research Initiative.

He is also a member of the supervisory and advisory boards of several major companies and organizations. He was a member of the managing board of Volkswagen, in charge of environment and traffic matters and, in particular, the implementation of an environmental strategy within the VW group worldwide.

Before becoming involved in management education, he was active in German politics. He was Minister of Economics and Technology in the State of Hesse with particular responsibility for transport, traffic, and energy. Before that, he was a member of the German Bundestag, specializing in energy, technology, industry, and foreign trade issues.

Dr Peter Lorange has been the President of IMD since 1 July 1993. He is Professor of Strategy and holds the Nestlé Chair. He was formerly President of the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo. His areas of special interest are global strategic management, strategic planning and entrepreneurship for growth.
Dr Lorange has written or edited 13 books and some 90 articles. He has conducted extensive research on multinational management, strategic planning processes, and internally generated growth processes. He has taught at the undergraduate, Master and Doctoral levels, and worked extensively within his areas of expertise with US, European and Asian corporations, both in a consulting capacity and in executive education.
He serves on the board of directors of several corporations including: ISS International Service Systems, Christiania Eiendomsselskap, S. Ugelstad Ship owners, StreamServe AB, Pharmasoft AB, Intentia International AB, and Preferred Global Health. He is also a board member of the Copenhagen Business School.

Dr F. Friedrich Neubauer, Professor of Multinational Corporate Strategy and Planning at IMD, is German; he joined IMI, Geneva, one of the parent organizations of IMD, in 1973.
Fred Neubauer is author of several books (and numerous articles). Portfolio Management, originally published in German (1990), now appears in English, Slovenian and Spanish. His present research interests are concentrated in the areas of corporate boards and European management approaches. In the area of corporate boards he together with Dr Ada Demb has been involved in a large empirical study on boards. The results of the study were published by Oxford University Press in March 1992 (Demb/Neubauer, The Corporate Board: Confronting the Paradoxes). His latest book The Family Business: Its governance for sustainability (Macmillan, 1998) was published together with Alden G. Lank. It is based on a four–year study of governance issues in family businesses.
Dr Neubauer is also a consultant in the area of strategic management and corporate governance. In the course of his career he has advised a broad range of companies, among them several large multinational car makers, soft drink and fragrance corporations, internationally active banks, packaging equipment manufacturers, building material producers etc. He also conducts in–company board retreats where the whole board of a given company looks at its own performance as a board.

Professor Ward is The Wild Group Professor of Family Business at IMD, and also a professor at Northwestern University s Kellogg Graduate School of Management (USA). He is director of IMD s renowned Leading the Family Business programme, in which he has taught since its inception in 1987. His teaching and research interests are in family enterprise continuity, governance, and sustainable strategy. His MBA and PhD degrees are from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ward has authored several books, including the bestselling Keeping the Family Business Healthy, Creating Effective Boards for Private Enterprises, and the just published Strategic Planning for the Family Business, as well as the Family Business Leadership Series (published in four languages) and numerous articles. He serves on the board of several companies in Europe and North America.

Bill George is Professor of Leadership and Governance at IMD and also Visiting Professor of Management at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL). He was Chairman of the Board of Medtronic, the world s leading medical technology company, from 1996 to 2002 and Chief Executive Officer from 1991 to 2001, having joined Medtronic in 1989 as president.
He was named Director of the Year 2001 02 by the National Association of Corporate Directors and Executive of the Year 2001 by the Academy of Management. Mr George is a board member of Novartis and Target Corporations. He also serves as a director of American Red Cross, Harvard Business School, Carnegie Endowment, Allina Hospitals, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and as Chair of Minnesota Thunder Pro Soccer.
He was an executive with Honeywell from 1978 to 1989 and Litton Industries from 1969 to 1978. From 1966 to 1969 he worked in the US Department of Defense. He received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech in 1964 and his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School in 1966. His book, Authentic Leadership, was published by Jossey–Bass in 2003.

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