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Public Trust in Business

Authors: Harris, Jared D.; Moriarty, Brian; Wicks, Andrew C.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Cambridge University Press
Publication Year: 2014

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Public trust in business is one of the most important but least understood issues for business leaders, public officials, employees, NGOs and other key stakeholders…

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Unpacking Corporate Purpose: A Report on the Beliefs of Executives, Investors and Scholars

Authors: Keller Fay Group; Samuelson, Judith; Padro, Miguel
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2014

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The Aspen Institute commissioned the Keller Fay Group to undertake research to explore the purpose of the corporation in American society – and to focus particularly on the idea that the primary purpose of a corporation ought to be to maximize shareholder value...

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Olympus: When the Gods Came Tumbling Down

Authors: Ohlsson, Anne-Valerie; Berg, Michele Barnett
Product Type: Cases
Source: Singapore Management University
Publication Year: 2014

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In April 2011, Michael Woodford, a British national, was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Olympus. Within months of becoming President, Woodford discovered that Olympus had made some questionable acquisitions and paid large amounts of money for companies with few assets, and exorbitant advisory fees to non-substantive companies based in the Cayman Islands. It became clear to him that colleagues and respected Board members within the company had propagated and concealed this fraud. Woodford was distressed by the fact that these fraudulent dealings had cost Olympus shareholders more than a billion dollars.

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Corporate Governance at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia: Not "A Good Thing"

Author: Shein, James B.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kellogg School of Management
Publication Year: 2014

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The case opens with Martha Stewart's 2005 release from prison following her conviction for obstructing an insider-trading investigation of her 2001 sale of personal stock. The scandal dealt a crippling blow to the powerful Martha Stewart brand and drove results at her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), deep into the red. Internal challenges loomed even larger, with numerous failures of governance while the company attempted a turnaround...

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Corporate and Integrated Reporting: A Functional Perspective

Authors: Eccles, Robert G.; Serafeim, George
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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In this paper, we present the two primary functions of corporate reporting (information and transformation) and why currently isolated financial and sustainability reporting are not likely to perform effectively those functions.

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GSM 6121: Politics & Public Policy for Managers

Author: Johnson, Tim
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Willamette University
Publication Year: 2014

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Students will explore common and disparate features that impact management in a global economy and polity, incorporating the perspective of public service values – human dignity, integration, integrity, and excellence. To achieve that plan of inquiry, the course will study how business, government, and not-for-profit enterprises govern themselves, how those enterprises interact with “the government,” and how managers can utilize tools from various management functions in order to address—both successfully and ethically—challenges related to politics and public policy.

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Phone Hacking and Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation

Author: Weston, Harold
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation owned a 168-year-old British tabloid, News of the World, which obtained its juiciest stories by illegally hacking the phones of many people, including actors, celebrities and prime ministers. Was this scandal a failure of governance by the board, or was it only a failure of management?

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After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead

Author: Blinder, Alan S.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Penguin Books
Publication Year: 2013

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With bracing clarity, Blinder chronicles the perfect storm of events beginning in 2007, from the bursting of the housing bubble to the implosion of the bond bubble, and how events in the U.S. spread throughout the interconnected global economy.

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Earnings Management at Cadbury Nigeria Plc

Author: Ajai, Olawale
Product Type: Cases
Source: Lagos Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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In December 2006 it was announced that Cadbury Nigeria Plc had overstated its accounts in 2005 and that consequently, Mr Bunmi Oni, the CEO and Mr Akadiri, the Finance Director had been sacked in Bournemouth, UK by Cadbury Schweppes UK.

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Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy

Author: Martin, Iain
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Year: 2013

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The collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which had to be bailed out by the taxpayer in the financial crisis of October 2008, played a leading role in tipping Britain into its deepest economic downturn in seven decades. How on earth had a small Scottish bank grown so quickly to become a global financial giant that could do such immense damage when it collapsed? At the center of the story was Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive known as "Fred the Shred" who terrorized some of his staff and beguiled others...

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Economics Students Demand an Education That Reflects Post-Crash World

Authors: Husnain, Mahim; Parekh, Rikin
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Guardian
Publication Year: 2013

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Economics is more than growth and GDP but current teaching doesn't reflect this. Expanding economic thought is vital to equip tomorrow's leaders, writes the Post-Crash Economics Society.

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Business Ethics

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Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Darden School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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The purpose of this course is to enable students to consider the role of ethics in business administration in a complex, dynamic, global environment.

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What Happened to Goldman Sachs: An Insider's Story of Organizational Drift and Its Unintended Consequences

Author: Mandis, Steven G.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication Year: 2013

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In What Happened to Goldman Sachs, Steven G. Mandis uncovers the forces behind what he calls Goldman’s “organizational drift.” Drawing from his firsthand experience; sociological research; analysis of SEC, congressional, and other filings; and a wide array of interviews with former clients, detractors, and current and former partners, Mandis uncovers the pressures that forced Goldman to slowly drift away from the very principles on which its reputation was built.

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United Rentals (A, B)

Authors: Lorsch, Jay W.; Durante, Kathleen; McTague, Emily
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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In the spring of 2008, the recession had decimated United Rentals's core business, construction equipment rental. In addition, two of the company's former chief financial officers had been charged with securities fraud and other violations, by both the U.S. Attorney's office and the SEC. And the company was still dealing with multiple purported class action and derivative lawsuits that had been filed against it. It was during this time the board started looking for candidates both for the CEO and Chairman positions...

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Dollars and Sense: The Implications of CEO Compensation for Organizational Performance

Authors: Davis, Shelley A.; DeBode, Jason D.; Ketchen, David, Jr.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2013

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Crafting a compensation package for an organization's chief executive officer that will help the firm maximize its performance is a vexing challenge for a board of directors. Management theory offers boards several practical hints...

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The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business

Author: McDonald, Duff
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Simon & Schuster
Publication Year: 2013

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In this book, star financial journalist Duff McDonald shows just how, in becoming an indispensable part of decision making at the highest levels, McKinsey has done nothing less than set the course of American capitalism. But he also answers the question that’s on the mind of anyone who has ever heard the word McKinsey: Are they worth it?

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Trust: The Unwritten Contract in Corporate Governance

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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High-trust organizations are characterized by lower bureaucracy, simpler procedures, and higher productivity. Would shareholders be better off if companies had fewer controls and instead spent more time fostering trust?

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A Real Look at Real World Corporate Governance

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Larcker and Tayan
Publication Year: 2013

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A Real Look at Real World Corporate Governance takes a practical look at issues involving the board of directors, CEO succession planning, executive compensation, and accounting and internal controls.

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Accountability of Independent Directors-Evidence from Firms Subject to Securities Litigation

Authors: Brochet, Francois; Srinivasan, Suraj
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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We examine which independent directors are held accountable when investors sue firms for financial and disclosure related fraud. Overall, shareholders use litigation along with director elections and director retention to hold some independent directors more accountable than others when firms experience financial fraud.

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In Search of Employee Ownership Plans in Mexico

Author: Zorrilla, Maria
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2013

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After hearing so much about how employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) and other ownership plans in the U.S. transform companies, it seemed logical to think that other countries, like Mexico, should have similar incentive plans in place. This assumption, however, turned out to be incorrect....

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Take-Aways on Employee Ownership from the Other Side of the Pond

Author: Beyster, Mary Ann
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2013

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Take-aways from an international tour featuring the documentary film, “We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream.”

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The Role of the Board in Employee-Ownership Governance

Author: Mathews, Anthony
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2013

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One of the common misconceptions about employee stock ownership plan companies among the general public is that they are inefficient...

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The Role of the Corporation in Society: An Alternative View and Opportunities for Future Research

Author: Serafeim, George
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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A long-standing ideology in business education has been that a corporation is run for the sole interest of its shareholders. I present an alternative view where increasing concentration of economic activity and power in the world's largest corporations, the Global 1000, has opened the way for managers to consider the interests of a broader set of stakeholders rather than only shareholders...

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The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do About It

Authors: Admati, Anat; Hellwig, Martin
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Princeton University Press
Publication Year: 2013

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What is wrong with today's banking system? The past few years have shown that risks in banking can impose significant costs on the economy. The Bankers' New Clothes calls for ambitious reform and outlines specific and highly beneficial steps that can be taken immediately.

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Diamond Foods, Inc. (A, B)

Authors: Srinivasan, Suraj; Gray, Tim
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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The Diamonds Foods, Inc. case describes the major accounting blow up at the company in late 2011 that was triggered by a report by Off Wall Street, a prominent short selling research firm...

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Say on Pay at The Walt Disney Company

Authors: Gow, Ian D.; Ormazabal, Gaizka
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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This case focuses on the lead-up to Disney's 2012 annual meeting where Disney would face a vote on the compensation package of its CEO, Robert Iger...

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Good Directors and Bad Behavior

Author: Prentice, Robert A.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2012

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Because financial frauds are not uncommon, and CEOs and/or CFOs are most often directly involved in them, directors of public corporations should be constantly concerned with monitoring their officers' legal and ethical behavior...

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Every Story Tells a Picture: Lessons from Cartoons on Corporate Governance

Authors: Wiid, Ria; Pitt, Leyland F.; Mills, Adam J.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2012

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A theory of cartooning suggests that cartoons reflect public sentiment toward issues. As such, cartoons are a useful way of gauging and tracking public sentiment over time. This article uses a historical cartoon analysis to track public sentiment toward issues surrounding corporate governance. Specifically, it compares what cartoons reflected prior to the economic crash of 2008 and what they portrayed after.

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Corporate Governance in Emerging Economies: Understanding the Game

Authors: Crittenden, Victoria L.; Crittenden, William F.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2012

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Our research suggests doing business in an emerging economy is confounded by the fact that rules, regulations, and marketplace expectations of the home market do not apply. Governance is not just an oversight issue related to making the most appropriate decisions. Instead, responsible governance in emerging markets entails governing bodies understanding the characteristics of the unsettled environment in which the company is, or will be, operating.

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Corporate Governance in Publicly Traded Small Firms: A Study of Canadian Venture Exchange Companies

Authors: Gordon, Irene M.; Hrazdil, Karel; Shapiro, Daniel
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2012

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Most evidence regarding the determinants and effects of corporate governance practices is based on large firms. Herein, we explore these issues in the context of small publicly traded Canadian companies. We measure performance by two variables: quality of accounting earnings and financial performance. The results indicate that corporate governance does matter for smaller traded Canadian firms.

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Global Diversity and Inclusion at Royal Dutch Shell (A, B)

Authors: Sucher, Sandra J.; Corsi, Elena
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Royal Dutch Shell has been among the early players to implement diversity and inclusion policies in the 1990s, first in the U.S. and then globally. In May 2009, Peter Voser, CFO and soon-to-be CEO, wants to adjust the company's business, headcount, and cost levels to adapt to changing economic conditions after one of the worst economic downturns in decades...

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Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience

Authors: Carroll, Archie B.; Lipartito, Kenneth J.; Post, James E.; Werhane, Patricia H.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Cambridge University Press
Publication Year: 2012

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Today, it is expected that a corporation will be transparent in its operations; that it will reflect ethical values that are broadly shared by others in society; and that companies will enable society to achieve environmental sustainability as well as a high standard of living. As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, the social, political and economic landscape is once again shifting: the need for an informed public conversation about what is expected of the modern corporation has never been greater.

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JP Morgan: Lessons Learned

Author: Sapp, Stephen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Following the revelation of a US$2 billion loss on trading at JP Morgan’s chief investment office in London, the company’s board of directors is tasked with recommending changes to its risk management practices and corporate governance structure...

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A Strategic Perspective on Bankruptcy

Authors: George, Bill; McLean, Andrew N.
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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This case suggests that among certain stakeholders, bankruptcy has come to be viewed as merely a vehicle for corporations to circumvent their obligations.

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Barclays Capital and the Sale of Del Monte Foods

Authors: Coates, John; Rose, Clayton; Lane, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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This case explores the reputational and legal issues that arise as Barclays Capital attempted to manage client conflicts by following established industry practice in the face of changing legal norms...

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El Paso's Sale to Kinder Morgan

Authors: Coates, John; Rose, Clayton; Lane, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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On October 16, 2011, El Paso agreed to sell itself to Kinder Morgan for just over $21 billion. Shareholders filed suit, arguing that the process was tainted by conflict and that a higher price could be obtained...

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Ethical Leadership and the Dual Roles of Examples

Author: Langvardt, Arlen W.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2012

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Through the examples they set, leaders do a great deal to shape–for good or for ill–the culture of the organizations in which they serve. Employing as a jumping-off point a recent high-profile and multi-faceted scandal involving Penn State University and decision makers affiliated with it, this article explores a number of ethical decision making lessons to be learned from that scandal and considers how those lessons can be applied to a variety of decisions faced by corporate leaders...

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Lehman Brothers’ Fall

Authors: Kakani, Ram Kumar; Singhania, Vasudha; Stack, Martin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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This case describes the financial undertakings of Lehman Brothers Inc., which was once the fourth-largest investment bank in the world. On September 15, 2008, less than a year after the bank presented its largest profit ever, the world watched its decline...

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Putting Integrity into Finance: A Purely Positive Approach

Authors: Erhard, Werner; Jensen, Michael C.
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Behavior that lacks integrity leads to value destruction. Werner Erhard and Professor Michael Jensen analyze some of the common beliefs, actions, and activities in finance that are inconsistent with being a person or a firm of integrity.

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First Quantum Minerals vs. Eurasian Natural Resources

Authors: Serafeim, George; Knauer, Andrew
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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The case describes the battle between First Quantum Mineral and Eurasian Resources over mines in Democratic Republic of Congo...

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Olympus and the Whistleblower President

Authors: Williams, Christopher; Takeshita, Seijiro
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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The newly-appointed president and chief operating officer of Olympus Corporation of Japan was about to attend an emergency board meeting and needed to decide on a course of action. Since assuming the job in April 2011, the president had discovered evidence of corporate fraud on a large scale...

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Sustainable Capitalism

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Generation Investment Management LLP
Publication Year: 2012

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Ben Franklin famously said, “You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.” We have the opportunity to rebuild for the long term and an obligation to seize it. Sustainable Capitalism will create opportunities and rewards but it will also mean challenging the pernicious orthodoxy of short-termism...

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Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: Video

Authors: Hanson, Kirk O.; Jennings, Marianne M.
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 2012

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Marianne Jennings, author of "Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse," talks with Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, about the issues that consistently arise in companies that have gotten into trouble...

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What Does It Mean for an Executive to Make $1million?

Authors: Larcker, David F.; McCall, Allan; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2011

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Executive compensation figures are not always what they seem...

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Lehman Brothers and Repo 105

Authors: Mikes, Anette; Yu, Gwen; Hamel, Dominique
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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The case examines the economics of the off-balance sheet transactions Lehman undertook prior to the collapse, and highlights the corporate governance challenges in situations where firms face capital market pressure and market downturns.

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Open Systems: Applying Diverse Employee Ownership Theories to Address Today’s Complex Challenges

Proceedings of 2011 Beyster Fellowship Symposium

Author: Foundation for Enterprise Development
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: The Foundation for Enterprise Development
Publication Year: 2011

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The ideas of employee ownership and various forms of profit sharing in corporations have been around for a long time. The shorthand proposition under study is this: If employees observe that they have a meaningful stake in the fortunes of the enterprise, they create value. More specifically, if they have a financial and emotional stake in the performance of the venture, then as individuals and as a workplace community they will raise the level of their performance and productivity.

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Rethinking 'Shareholder Value' and the Purpose of the Firm

Law and Policy

Author: The Aspen Institute CVSG
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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This reading collection contains suggested readings for the Aspen-UCLA Roundtable, Rethinking 'Shareholder Value' and the Purpose of the Firm. More specifically, the readings on this page are focused on law and policy.

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Rethinking 'Shareholder Value' and the Purpose of the Firm

Corporate Governance

Author: The Aspen Institute CVSG
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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This reading collection contains suggested readings for the Aspen-UCLA Roundtable, Rethinking 'Shareholder Value' and the Purpose of the Firm. More specifically, the readings on this page are focused on corporate governance.

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Rethinking 'Shareholder Value' and the Purpose of the Firm

Role of Corporate Law

Author: The Aspen Institute CVSG
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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This reading collection contains suggested readings for the Aspen-UCLA Roundtable, Rethinking 'Shareholder Value' and the Purpose of the Firm. More specifically, the readings on this page are focused on the role of corporate law.

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Rethinking 'Shareholder Value' and the Purpose of the Firm

Shareholder Value

Author: The Aspen Institute CVSG
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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This reading collection contains suggested readings for the Aspen-UCLA Roundtable, Rethinking 'Shareholder Value' and the Purpose of the Firm. More specifically, the readings on this page are focused on shareholder value.

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