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 indicator.
Corporate governance scandals across the globe have led many to ask, “Where were the directors?” The usual response to corporate governance failure is increased regulation. Governments typically resort to tightening regulations around director independence and codes of ethics.
But what of the role of the personal ethics of directors? Our study has found that directors’ personal moral values are a powerful driver in their decision-making because their moral values are fundamental to directors’ identity.
Performance appraisals and director selection processes could make a more effective contribution to best-practice governance by
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The special committee's investigation into governance issues highlighted by the Carlos Ghosn affair reveals a corporate culture that allowed the "concentration of authority" in the CEO and a board that felt unable to ask the necessary questions.