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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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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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The SEC: Beyond Disclosure

Author: Bebchuk, Lucian
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Forbes
Publication Year: 2006

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The recent Securities and Exchange Commission vote in favor of expanded disclosure of executive pay arrangements is a necessary and very useful step. But we should harbor no illusion that it would be sufficient by itself to fix the problems of U.S. executive compensation...

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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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Macquarie Bank Limited: Executive Compensation

Author: Bryant, Murray J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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A managing director of international equities for a large public sector pension fund has to decide how the pension fund would vote on 'say for pay.'

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Executive Compensation at Nabors Industries

Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?

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

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Goes beyond the headline numbers reported in the press to discuss appropriate levels and structure of executive compensation, and put executive compensation in the context of a company's industry, position within the industry, and financial situation.

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Can CEO Pay Ever Be Reeled In?

Authors: Holmberg, Susan; Schmitt, Mark
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Atlantic
Publication Year: 2014

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Controversy over executive compensation has been an ongoing concern for more than a century. The issue has gained increasing attention as questions are raised about the purpose of business in the wake of the financial crisis and rising income inequality. The authors examine the state of executive compensation and review the impact of ideas such as performance pay and shareholder primacy on business and societal outcomes.

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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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Enhancing Financial Stability by Improving Culture in the Financial Services Industry

Remarks at the Workshop on Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York City

Author: Dudley, William C.
Product Type: Speeches
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Publication Year: 2014

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William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, discusses the importance of improving the culture of the financial services industry...

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The Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation

Authors: Hall, Brian J.; Chadbourne, Aaron; Kagzi, Vibha; Kelleher, Caren
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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The protagonist is Kenneth Feinberg, who is appointed as Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation and who has the challenging task of negotiating compensation amidst all of the many competing interests...

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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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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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Do Incentives Work? The Perceptions of Senior Executives from Thirty Countries

Working Paper 98-078

Authors: Beer, Michael; Katz, Nancy
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1998

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A significant development in executive compensation is the increasing use of performance-based bonuses.

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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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“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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CEOs and Corporate Governance

University of Denver: LGST 4760

Author: Holcomb, John
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: University of Denver Daniels College of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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The course examines the current and pressing issue of corporate governance, in its ethical, legal, and social dimensions. Students read the latest views of scholars and experts and gain the perspectives of corporate CEOs and other organization leaders.

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Developing Ethical Leadership

Authors: Freeman, R. Edward; Stewart, Lisa
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
Publication Year: 2006

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One typical response to the "ethics crisis" in business is a clarion call for more "ethical leadership," yet there are few explanations of what exactly is meant by the term. This case presents a framework for developing ethical leadership.

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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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CEOs Get Paid Too Much, According to Pretty Much Everyone in the World

Author: Gavett, Gretchen
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Huffington Post
Publication Year: 2014

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Adding to the discussion around income inequality and the wealth gap, research compares CEO compensation to what people think they should actually get, and compares these numbers across countries.

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Stopping CEO Pay Escalation at Canada’s Big Banks

Author: Gelinas, Patrice
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business Journal
Publication Year: 2013

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For over 20 years, CEO pay at Canada’s big banks has increased at a rate far outpacing that of other workers, leaving several observers outraged...

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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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Identifying Fraudulent Companies in China

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

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A discussion about ethical issues such as fraud, conflicts of interest, and other issues and how these problems manifest in China.

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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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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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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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The Efficiency of Equity-Linked Compensation: Understanding the Full Cost of Awarding Executive Stock Options

Working Paper 00-056

Author: Meulbroek, Lisa
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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Finance theory has long recognized that the incentive-alignment benefits from equity-linked compensation plans are inevitably tempered by certain deadweight costs to the firm, but relatively little empirical work has been devoted to identifying and measuring those costs.

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Does Risk Matter? Corporate Insider Transactions in Internet-Based Firms

Working Paper 00-062

Author: Meulbroek, Lisa
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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This paper investigates an unintended consequence of equity-based compensation plans: in highly volatile firms, managers appear to be undermining the compensation system’s intended effect of aligning managers’ interests with those of shareholders.

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Do Underwater Executive Stock Options Still Align Incentives? The Effect of Stock Price Movements on Managerial Incentive-Alignment

Working Paper 02-002

Authors: Meulbroek, Lisa; Jin, Li
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2001

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This paper explores whether such measures are needed: do out-of-the-money options lose their power to align incentives?

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Are We Out of Options?

Author: Hammonds, Keith H.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Fast Company, Issue 67
Publication Year: 2003

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They were the currency of the American dream. Now they are worthless paper -- a symbol of CEO greed. What went wrong with stock options? Where do companies go from here? Our only option: Visit one of the world's leading authorities on employee ownership.

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The Simpletel Dilemma

Authors: Venkataraman, S.; Nair, P.; Narayanan, R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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Several years back, SimpleTel's found itself in a situation where customers were migrating to smaller, local telecom providers to avoid the congestion on SimpleTel's network. That, along with debt obligations related to the massive investments in capacity, and lack of demand was threatening to push SimpleTel to the verge of bankruptcy.

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Morgan Stanley, 2005

Authors: Campa, J.; Oleaga, M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESE Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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This case is designed in order to discuss if some practices of Morgan Stanley's Board of Directors followed the best interest of shareholders and whether or not they comply with the good practices of the Corporate Governance Code.

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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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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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In the Company of Owners: The Truth About Stock Options and Why Every Employee Should Have Them

Authors: Blasi, Joseph; Kruse, Douglas; Bernstein, Aaron
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Basic Books
Publication Year: 2003

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The string of business scandals that recently engulfed America painted a picture of corporate chieftains lining their pockets by cutting corners, cooking the books, and duping gullible investors. In doing so, greedy CEOs have hijacked what could be one of the most important business innovations in decades: stock options for all employees.

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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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Wages of Failure

The Ethics of Executive Compensation

Author: Friedland, Julian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Leeds School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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What role does compensation play for executives, and under what circumstances does it makes sense to "pay for performance"?

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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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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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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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The Collapse of Enron

Author: Lawrence, Anne T.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Irwin/McGraw-Hill
Publication Year: 2003

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This case focuses on the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation and permits students to construct an analysis of the external and internal causes of Enron's collapse.

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