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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – A new survey from Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Heidrick & Struggles has uncovered surprises about who makes the best board directors: It’s not necessarily the current CEOs that most companies seek out. “The popular consensus is that CEOs make the best board members because of their current strategic [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—When a company does badly, no manager likes to be blamed for things that were really outside his control—like a general downturn in the economy. That goes especially for chief executives. But do boards really take external factors into account when giving CEOs the ax? A new study finds that more [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – “Executive compensation may be the lightning rod for shareholders in the wake of the financial crisis, but the truth about how pay should be structured is clouded by a lot of popular myths,” says David Larcker, who is James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting and Director of the Corporate [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Three years after the onset of the worst financial crisis in more than half a century, the debate over how to make the banking system more secure is far from over. Should there be more regulation; should capital and equity requirements be raised; there’s even disagreement about what constitutes [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS–”The debate on the role of boards in the wake of the financial crisis has created a lot of hype and rhetoric about corporate governance,” says David Larcker, who is James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting and Director of the Corporate Governance Research Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Recent books by faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business include the selected works of Nobel laureate William Sharpe, a look at communication across academic disciplines by Myra Strober, and two books on human “bounded rationality” in politics by Jonathan Bendor. A book on corporate governance is due [...]

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From the Closer Look Series: Stanford Graduate School of Business Corporate Governance Research Program  STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Many institutional investors rely on a proxy advisory firm to assist them in voting company proxies and fulfilling the fiduciary responsibility they have to vote in the interest of beneficial shareholders. The largest proxy advisory [...]

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View entire case with footnores and accompanying exhibits at Closer Look Series: Topics, Issues and Controversies in Corporate Governance Jan. 24, 2011 In recent years, much attention has been paid to CEO succession planning as a risk management issue. The SEC has encouraged companies to disclose information on their succession plans so that shareholders can [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — What happens when a company is robbed by its dominant shareholder?  The theft not only hurts minority shareholders, but profoundly damages the firm’s longer-term health and viability, according to Charles M.C. Lee, an accounting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In a recent research paper, Lee and [...]

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CLOSER LOOK SERIES: TOPICS, ISSUES, AND CONTROVERSIES IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE  Professor David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan prepared this material as the basis for discussion. The authors would like to thank Equilar Inc. for providing access to the raw compensation and equity ownership data and Alan Jagolinzer and Eric Yeung for helping to compute descriptive [...]

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