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The Ivey Interview: Steinthór Pálsson

Author: Watson, Thomas
Product Type: Interviews; Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business journal
Publication Year: 2014

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Few business leaders will ever confront the challenge that Landsbankinn CEO Steinthór Pálsson faced in mid-2010, when he left a senior position with pharmaceutical company Actavis and signed on to build a bank worthy of respect out of the ashes of Iceland’s oldest full-service financial institution.

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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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Business Persons: A Legal Theory of the Firm

Author: Orts, Eric W.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Oxford University Press
Publication Year: 2013

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Intended for general readers, as well as students and policy markets, Business Persons provides a scholarly and yet accessible introduction to the legal framework of modern business enterprises. Practical applications include contribution to the debates surrounding corporate executive compensation and political free-speech rights of corporations.

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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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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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Sustainable Pay: How TSX 60 Companies Compensate Executives for Sustainability Performance

Author: Strandberg, Coro
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Strandberg Consulting
Publication Year: 2013

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Sustainability is an important global business driver and is making its way into corporate boardrooms. Mounting evidence shows firms that invest in improved sustainability practices outperform their competitors. There is growing awareness that emerging sustainability risks can have a material impact on company performance. Recognizing these links, companies increasingly integrate sustainability performance objectives and targets into their performance management systems.

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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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Gerry Pasciucco at AIG Financial Products (A)

Authors: Mukunda, Gautam; DeLong, Thomas J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Gerry Pasciucco was appointed to lead American International Group's Financial Products (AIGFP) group after the government bailout of AIG in 2008 and charged with the task of shutting down the division while minimizing the government's losses. Several months into his tenure, the division paid large retention bonuses to all of its professionals according to a contract negotiated before he joined AIGFP. These bonuses were seen by the public as going to the very people whose mistakes resulted in the need for a bailout in the first place and resulted in an unprecedented storm of public outrage...

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The Flattened Firm: Not as Advertised

Author: Wulf, Julie M.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2012

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Flattening (or delayering) typically refers to the elimination of layers in a firm's hierarchy and the broadening of managers' spans of control. The alleged benefits flow primarily from pushing decisions downward to enhance market responsiveness and improve accountability and morale. Has flattening delivered on its promise?

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What Is CEO Talent Worth?

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Liaqat, Usman; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2012

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How much value creation should be attributable to the efforts of the CEO? What percent of this value should be fairly offered as compensation?

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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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The Making of a Daredevil CEO: Why Stock Options Lead to More Risk Taking

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2011

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Stock options are a critical element of CEO compensation -- making up one quarter of total pay for executives these days. But what does that mean for the risk profiles of the companies those CEOs lead?

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Reimagining Capitalism

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Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Nation
Publication Year: 2011

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This special edition of The Nation brings together a wide range of articles on new ways to shape capitalism, and to work on economic recovery.

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Hewlett-Packard Company: CEO Succession in 2010

Authors: Lorsch, Jay W.; Palepu, Krishna G.; Barton, Melissa
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Mark Hurd resigned as the CEO of Hewlett Packard in 2010 after the board discovered that he had misfiled expense reports and paid an H.P. contractor for unsubstantiated work. Discusses H.P.'s recent scandals and highlights the balance needed between ethical and strategic considerations in choosing executive leadership.

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Royal Group Technologies

Authors: Bryant, Murray J.; Mark, Ken
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The Royal Group Technologies case provides information on the insider trading and other allegations faced by the former executive officer and the company's management team. By the early 2000s, stakeholders were starting to question some of management's practices, including awarding themselves high levels of compensation and engaging in related party transactions.

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Search of the Week Archive

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

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CasePlace.org’s Searches of the Week.

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Bailouts and Bonuses on Wall Street

Authors: Martin, Kirsten E.; Scotto, Michael
Product Type: Cases
Source: Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
Publication Year: 2010

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Matt, a top level executive at Goldman Sachs, never figured that how he paid his employees would be one of his most pressing issues—not after having watched his entire industry turned on its head for the past two years and the world economy shaken to its core.

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How to Level the Compensation Playing Field: Employee Ownership

Author: Mortished, Carl
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Globe and Mail
Publication Year: 2010

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Outrage over pay differentials between company workers and directors is making political waves in Britain. One solution? Employee ownership.

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Bonuses can be a good thing - if they're linked to carbon emissions

Author: Williams, Andrew
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Guardian Environment Network
Publication Year: 2010

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When it's time for salary reviews at Minnesota-based utility Xcel Energy, earnings per share are not the only metric that matters.

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Hydro One Inc.: CEO Compensation

Authors: Sapp, Stephen; Chandrasekhar, Ramasastry
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2010

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The case presents the situation faced by the board of directors at Hydro One, a government-owned Canadian electric utility, as they discuss updating the current executive compensation packages because of the pending privatization of Hydro One.

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The Pay Problem

Time for a new paradigm for executive compensation

Authors: Lorsch, Jay W.; Khurana, Rakesh
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Magazine
Publication Year: 2010

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Concerns about the compensation of chief executive officers and other top executives of American public companies have reached fever pitch since the financial crisis and the economic meltdown of 2009.

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Goldman Sachs: A Bank for All Seasons (A, B, C)

Authors: Goldberg, Lena G.; Obenchain, Tiffany
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Facing the worldwide financial crisis, Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein considered his options...

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Executive Remuneration at Royal Dutch Shell (A, B)

Authors: Lorsch, Jay W.; Simpson, Kaitlyn
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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The remuneration committee at Shell decided to exercise their discretionary power to award five top executives a bonus for 2008, even though they had not met the necessary performance measures under the compensation plan. The Shell remuneration committee wonders how the shareholders will react.

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Incentives for the Long Run

An Executive Compensation Plan That Looks Beyond the Next Quarter

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2009

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The public outrage over bonuses paid to AIG executives, and resulting government proposals to cap pay at companies receiving federal bailouts, illustrate rising concerns about executive compensation. Indeed, some analysts contend that ineffective compensation structures encouraged Wall Street executives to take on excess risk in the hopes of winning huge payouts, which in turn contributed to the continuing financial crisis and recession.

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Webcast: AIG Bonuses, Contractual Obligation, and Executive Compensation

Are There Ethical Standards for Pay?

Authors: Finocchio, Robert; Diamond, Stephen; Hanson, Kirk O.
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: Santa Clara University
Publication Year: 2009

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A panel discussion responds to AIG bonuses, income inequality, and whether regulation is the best approach to executive compensation (video).

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AFSCME vs. Mozilo...and "Say on Pay" for All! (A) (Abridged)

Authors: Ferri, Fabrizio; Weber, James
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Richard Ferlauto, director of pensions and benefits policy at the AFSCME, the largest public sector workers union in the U.S., was responsible for protecting the pensions of its members. The case then looks at the issue of executive compensation and the idea that excessive compensation is a sign of poor governance.

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Dear A.I.G., I Quit!

Author: DeSantis, Jake
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2009

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The following is a letter sent by Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group’s financial products unit, to Edward M. Liddy, the chief executive of A.I.G.

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Outrage over Outsized Executive Compensation: Who Should Fix It and How?

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2009

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As thousands of Americans lose their jobs, headlines are focused on excessive executive compensation and lavish perks.

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RESEARCH INSIGHT: Compensating executives for environmental performance creates non-financial benefits for firms

Authors: The Network Team; Laughland, Pamela
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Network for Business Sustainability
Publication Year: 2009

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This study investigated the link between compensation and environmental performance across high-polluting industries in the U.S.

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2010 Corporate Governance Conference

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Product Type:
Source: The George Washington University
Publication Year: 2009

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The Institute of Corporate Responsibility hosts "Corporate Governance and the Vision of the Firm," February 18 & 19, 2010 at the George Washington University School of Business.

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Director Compensation: The Growing Popularity of Deferred Stock Units

Author: Chowdhury, Shamsud D.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business Journal
Publication Year: 2009

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The granting of deferred stock units (DSUs) -- a type of compensation designed to align the interests of non-executive, or outside, directors with those of the stockholders -- has practically become standard practice among Canadian corporations.

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Executive Pay and the Credit Crisis of 2008 (A, B)

Authors: Narayanan, V.G.; Ferri, Fabrizio; Brem, Lisa
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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The credit crisis of 2008 placed compensation practices at publicly traded firms in the United States under scrutiny.

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Boards of Directors and Corporate Governance

Author: Lorsch, Jay W.
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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This class outlines major issues regarding corporate governance in the modern business environment.

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Executive Compensation at Aquila: Moving from Utility Services to Power Trading

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2008

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In the late 1990s, UtiliCorp United, a utility that owned natural gas and power assets in the Midwest and internationally, moved aggressively into the business of wholesale energy trading.

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Corporate Governance in the Post Sarbanes-Oxley Period: Compensation Disclosure and Analysis (CD&A)

Authors: Dalton, Catherine M.; Dalton, Dan R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2008

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This case helps students to become better acquainted with the increasingly troubling issue of skyrocketing executive compensation, as it relates to SOX and CD&A.

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Attention Shoppers: Executive Compensation at Kroger, Safeway, Costco, and Whole Foods

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2008

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This case helps students to understand in detail the components of executive compensation programs and to learn to evaluate which policies, structures and pay levels are appropriate, given company performance.

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Say on Pay: Does the Buck Stop Here?

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2008

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Students are asked to consider the implications of corporate governance practices, particularly involving the contentious topic of executive compensation and the relationships between the board of directors, executives and shareholders.

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10b5-1 Plans: Mortgaging a Defense against Insider Trading

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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This case is designed for a discussion of insider trading regulations and the safe haven provisions of 10b5-1. Readers of the case are expected to consider from the perspective of shareholders, corporate boards and regulators the appropriate restrictions that should be placed on executive stock sales and specifically what constitutes trading on the basis of material nonpublic information.

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Say on Pay

Authors: Lorsch, Jay W.; Chernak, Alexis; Narayanan, V.G.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Highlights a few examples where shareholders have successfully garnered a majority in support of an advisory vote measure on company proxy ballots, and describes discussion within Congress on the matter.

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Who Runs an ESOP Company?

Author: Mathews, Anthony
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2007

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This presentation discusses the governance structure of employee-owned companies, including trustees, fiduciaries, administrators and plan participants...

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There's a New Sheriff in Town: Institutional Shareholder Services

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2007

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Students asked to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of corporate governance policies, as advocated by ISS. Several examples of closely contested proposals are explained in the case to give context to these evaluations.

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The Art and Science of Measuring CEO Performance

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge @ Wharton
Publication Year: 2007

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The long-term performance of a company's stock may be the ultimate test of a CEO's talents. But that's not the only measurement used by boards of directors to gauge how well the boss is doing...

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Ethical Choices in the Design and Administration of Executive Compensation Programs

Author: Heisler, William J.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons, Indiana University Press
Publication Year: 2007

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Several dimensions of the executive compensation decision process offer significant opportunities for ethical choices. This article identifies the major components of executive compensation and highlights decision points in the design and administration of each component where ethical issues may arise.

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“Say on Pay” Gets Its Day

Executive compensation is still the talk of the boardroom as legislation goes to the Senate.

Author: Hyatt, James
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Corporate Responsibility Officer
Publication Year: 2007

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"Say-on Pay" legislation, which passed the House in April by a 2-1 margin, faces a less certain fate in the Senate. The "Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act" would require companies to allow a nonbinding vote on compensation disclosed in proxy statements, starting in 2009...

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Leading the Executive Options Playing Field

Author: Desai, Mihir
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Working Knowledge
Publication Year: 2007

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Harvard Business School professor Mihir A. Desai argues that investors and regulators are served poorly by the U.S. corporate financial reporting system, which allows companies to declare different profit figures to the IRS than they report to shareholders...

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Call for End to Quarterly Guidance

Author: Guerrera, Francesco
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Financial Times
Publication Year: 2007

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Recent publication of the new set of corporate principles -– masterminded by the Aspen Institute, an influential not-for-profit group -– underlines corporate America's fear that the focus on quarterly results is hampering US companies' long-term prospects and the country's economic competitiveness...

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Shareholders Push Social and Environmental Issues to the Forefront

Author: Odell, Anne Moore
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: SocialFunds.com
Publication Year: 2007

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With weeks still left in the US proxy season, the 2007 season is on track to set new record highs for the number of social and environmental resolutions in front of shareholders. As of the end of May, there were 359 social and environmental resolutions proposed, reports the Social Investment Forum (SIF), the national association for the social investment industry. SIF used data supplied from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)...

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AFL-CIO

Office of Investment and Home Depot

Authors: Khurana, Rakesh; Weber, James
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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The AFL-CIO Office of Investigation advocates for improved corporate governance at public companies, focusing on the problems of excessive chief executive compensation, improperly backdated stock options, insufficiently independent corporate board members, poor responsiveness to shareholders concerns, and a lack of transparency in the activities and decisions of boards. To advance its cause, the Office targeted Home Depot. This case illustrates how activist investors are affecting corporate boards by questioning the quality and practices of their governance practices.

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Perspectives on Corporate Governance: Executive Compensation

Part of our Case In Point series...

Author: Levine, David I.
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2007

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There are many ways in which poorly designed incentives schemes reward executives for destroying long-term shareholder value...

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America Works

Critical Thoughts on the Exceptional U.S. Labor Market

Author: Freeman, Richard B.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Russell Sage Foundation Publications
Publication Year: 2007

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The U.S. labor market is the most laissez faire of any developed nation, with a weak social safety net and little government regulation compared to Europe or Japan.

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