Corporate Governance Matters: A Closer Look at Organizational Choices and Their Consequences

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9780132180269: Corporate Governance Matters: A Closer Look at Organizational Choices and Their Consequences

Corporate Governance Matters gives corporate board members, officers, directors, and other stakeholders the full spectrum of knowledge they need to implement and sustain superior governance. Authored by two leading experts, this comprehensive reference thoroughly addresses every component of governance. The authors carefully synthesize current academic and professional research, summarizing what is known, what is unknown, and where the evidence remains inconclusive. Along the way, they illuminate many key topics overlooked in previous books on the subject. Coverage includes:

  • International corporate governance.
  • Compensation, equity ownership, incentives, and the labor market for CEOs.
  • Optimal board structure, tradeoffs, and consequences.
  • Governance, organizational strategy, business models, and risk management.
  • Succession planning.
  • Financial reporting and external audit.
  • The market for corporate control.
  • Roles of institutional and activist shareholders.
  • Governance ratings.

The authors offer models and frameworks demonstrating how the components of governance fit together, with concrete examples illustrating key points. Throughout, their balanced approach is focused strictly on two goals: to “get the story straight,” and to provide useful tools for making better, more informed decisions.

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From the Back Cover:

Corporate Governance Matters brings together comprehensive and objective information for directors and others seeking to improve corporate governance. Writing specifically for practitioners, the authors thoroughly examine the choices available in designing governance systems, explaining what is known about how these choices impact organizational performance.

 

The authors avoid ideological preconceptions and unsupported opinion, taking an empirical approach that relies on the available statistical and research evidence. Each chapter focuses on one governance feature, reviewing its potential benefits and costs. The authors present conclusions where the evidence supports them and candidly identify areas where broad conclusions cannot be drawn.

 

Corporate Governance Matters thoroughly addresses key issues ranging from strategic oversight to risk management, succession planning to compensation. Thoughtful and measured throughout, it will be an indispensable resource for directors, policymakers, institutional investors, and researchers alike.

 

Assessing Board of Directors’ roles

Understanding board duties, liability, selection, compensation, removal, and structure

 

Compensating and motivating executives

Assessing executive labor markets and planning compensation, incentives, and equity

 

Ensuring effective reporting and control

Improving the effectiveness of audit committees and external auditors

 

Understanding external influences

Evaluating institutional shareholders, activist investors, proxy advisory firms, and governance ratings

  

“An outstanding work of unique breadth and depth providing practical advice supported by detailed research.”

--Alan Crain, Jr., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Baker Hughes

 

“Extensively researched, with highly relevant insights, this book serves as an ideal and practical reference for corporate executives and students of business administration.”

--Narayana N.R. Murthy, Infosys Technologies

 

“Fascinating, engaging, and full of useful information–a must-read!”

Heidi Roizen, Founder, CEO and Chief Lyrical Officer, Skinny Songs

 

“A tour de force. David Larcker and Brian Tayan have written an easy-to-read, crucial-to-know overview of corporate governance today.”

--Stephen A. Miles, Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles

 

“Corporate Governance Matters is sure to become required reading for director education and an essential desk reference for all corporate governance practitioners.”

--Abe M. Friedman, Managing Director, BlackRock

 

“David Larcker and Brian Tayan are the premier students and among the most thoughtful authorities on corporate governance.”

--Arthur Rock, Principal of Arthur Rock & Co.

 

“Corporate Governance Matters is a comprehensive, objective, and insightful analysis of academic and professional research on corporate governance.”

--Professor Katherine Schipper, Duke University, and former member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board

 

“They did it! Larcker and Tayan have cracked the code on the connections between corporate governance and corporate performance.”

--Ira Kay, Managing Partner, Pay Governance LLC

 

“When it comes to corporate governance, it seems that everyone has an opinion. David Larcker and Brian Tayan, however, have the facts.”

--Professor Joseph A. Grundfest, Stanford Law School

About the Author:

David Larcker is James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University; Director of the Corporate Governance Research Program; Senior Faculty, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance. David’s research focuses on executive compensation, corporate governance, and managerial accounting. He has published many research papers and is frequently quoted in both the popular and business press. He received his BS and MS in engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and his PhD in business from the University of Kansas. He previously was on the faculty of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Larcker presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds.

 

Brian Tayan is a member of the Corporate Governance Research Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has written broadly on the subject of corporate governance, including case studies and other materials on boards of directors, succession planning, executive compensation, financial accounting, and shareholder relations. Previously, Brian worked as a financial analyst at Stanford University’s Office of the CEO and as an investment associate at UBS Private Wealth Management. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA from Princeton University.

 

Together, Larcker and Tayan have co-authored many case studies and articles on governance.

 

Additional resources and supporting material for this book are available at:

Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Corporate Governance Research Program

www.gsb.stanford.edu/cgrp/

 

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