The Corporate Board: Confronting the Paradoxes by Ada DembThe Corporate Board: Confronting the Paradoxes by Ada Demb

The Corporate Board: Confronting the Paradoxes

byAda Demb, F.-Friedrich NeubauerForeword byAdrian Cadbury

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

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Written for practitioners, this book addresses corporate governance and the role of the board of directors in multinational corporations. Throughout the world, corporations are experiencing the second major transition in corporate governance of this century. The nature of the relationshipbetween the corporation and the rest of society is changing fundamentally. The corporate board has unique responsibilities during this transition, but as it tries to respond directors are faced with destabilizing paradoxes: resolving who is in control--management or the board, achieving criticaljudgment while maintaining detachment, and avoiding becoming either a cozy club or a collection of all-stars. This book, based on interviews with 71 directors serving on more than 500 boards in eight countries, shows the nature of the challenges and suggests ways to analyze and confront them. Thismajor international study compares the experiences of board members in Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Venezuela.
Ada Demb is at Ohio State University. F.-Friedrich Neubauer is at International Institute for Management Development. Adrian Cadbury is at former Chairman, Cadbury Schweppes Ltd..
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Title:The Corporate Board: Confronting the ParadoxesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 6.38 × 9.57 × 0.91 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195070399

ISBN - 13:9780195070392

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Table of Contents

1. Assessing the Discomfort2. Corporate Governance: Lifespace and Accountability3. The "Job" of the Board: Defining the Portfolio4. Whose Responsibility: The Board or Management?5. Commitment and Depth Versus Detachment and Breadth6. "Cozy Club" Versus Independent "Personalities"7. Dealing with Board Performance8. Imperatives for the Twenty-first CenturyName IndexIndex

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Throughout the world, corporations are experiencing the second major transition in corporate governance of this century. The nature of the relationship between the corporation and the rest of society is changing fundamentally. The corporate board has unique responsibilities during this transition, but as it tries to respond directors are faced with destabilizing paradoxes: resolving who is in control--management or the board, achieving critical judgment while maintaining detachment, and avoiding becoming either a cozy club or a collection of all-stars. Written for practitioners, this book addresses corporate governance and the role of the board of directors in multinational corporations. Based on interviews with 71 directors serving on more than 500 boards in eight countries, this book highlights the nature of the challenges and suggests ways to analyze and confront them. This major international study compares the experiences of board members in Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Venezuela. Based on practical experi

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"The Corporate Board quotes a number of chairmen with dogmatic views on the subject. One says: It's absolutely important to separate the two. I distrust the two in one. If you do both, the chairman always loses to the chief executive role."--The London Times