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King IV, corporate governance, South Africa

King IV by Ansie Ramalho

King IV on corporate governance: a product of African soil

The highly respected King reports lead global thinking on corporate governance. The most recent report drops the “apply or explain” principle for “apply and explain[...]
Corporate governance, board intervention, non-executive directors

Board intervention

Corporate governance and the proactive board

When should boards take a more proactive approach to governance and strategic decision-making? Research shows that non-executives needn't wait for a crisis to intervene.[...]
corporate governance sign

Corporate governance

Recommendations to rethink UK corporate governance

During the government's consultation period on corporate governance reform, a series of events in London enabled discussion of a governance model fit for the 21st century[...]


boardroom, businessman, digital business, digital storm


Digital transformation: how boards can weather the storm

With the digital revolution about to present "the greatest disruption to both leadership and governance in the entire history of business", there are ways that boards can[...]
organisational politics

Organisational politics

Organisational politics can be an asset to strategy execution

Identifying the types of political behaviour in your organisation is the first step to using it for positive change, says Michael Jarrett.[...]
family, succession

Succession planning

Five challenges that could derail a succession plan

Many family businesses in China are still controlled by their original founders, and yet research shows that only 22% have succession plans in place. To ensure longevity,[...]


Diversity & risk

Does gender diversity affect a company’s risk management?

Do female board directors have less appetite for risk? Recent research attempted to reveal whether there is a link between gender in the boardroom and measures of risk.[...]

Corporate risk

Risk: Why boards need a collective mindset

Handling risk should not be viewed as the domain of a boardroom “expert” but as an area for collective decision-making, where everyone recognises there is no such thi[...]
data security

Data security

Boardrooms should heed new frontiers in personal data security

Personal data security is increasingly important, but many companies may not be ready to comply with tougher data protection laws.[...]


corporate culture, ethics

Patricia Harned – chief executive, Ethics & Compliance Initiative

Corporate culture: five questions for the boardroom

Responsibility for safeguarding corporate culture falls with board directors, but how can that be done effectively? A good start would be to ask yourselves the following [...]
business ethics

Ethics & leadership

Personal moral values key to ethical corporate governance

Moral values are so important for company directors they should be given equal weighting in selection procedures, while ethical competency should be a key performance ind[...]
whistle-blowing, business ethics


Speak up: how to encourage whistleblowing in your organisation

Corporate malpractice is damaging to a company and its reputation, but many employees are unaware of whistleblowing procedures, or they fear retaliation if they do speak [...]

Board Expertise

board meeting

Effective board leadership

Board chair practices across the world: an INSEAD study

In the second part of their global INSEAD report on successful board chairs, Stanislav Shekshnia and Veronika Zagieva compare factors such as culture, shareholder and exe[...]

Effective board leadership

The three Es of effective board leadership: an INSEAD study

A study by INSEAD of successful board chairs across countries shows how they engage, enable and encourage boards. Stanislav Shekshnia and Veronika Zagieva report on the [...]

Board effectiveness

Twelve questions to determine board effectiveness

With boards facing increased regulatory and diversity pressures, the basics matter more than ever—and yet the board’s own performance, effectiveness, processes and ha[...]
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