directors' duties, ESG

26 October, 2020

Legal CSR measures are ‘fraught with conceptual contradictions’

Does enshrining corporate social responsibility (CSR) in law work? A new study of examples from around the world reveals mixed results, with room for improvement in most jurisdictions. And it sugge...
Businessman looks at green graph showing growth

23 October, 2020

Harvard experts slam EU report on long-term strategic thinking

Four Harvard professors have criticised a recent European Commission report that proposes reforms to encourage long-term strategic thinking. The commission’s
businesspeople having a tug of war

22 October, 2020

How hedge fund activists influence target firms

When the news broke in September 2016 that billionaire William A. Ackman had taken a 9.9% stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill, the stock of the burrito restaurant chain increased by nearly the same percen...
notebook on boardroom table

21 September, 2020

Pandemic or no, it’s business as usual for boards

The scale and pace of change unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic has no precedent in modern history. How well companies perform depends in part, at least, on their board of directors, the highest decis...
Jacinda Ardern

11 September, 2020

Women leaders are better at fighting the pandemic

On 8 June 2020, New Zealand was declared virus-free and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Committee members sitting around a table

4 September, 2020

Companies ‘need new mechanism’ to integrate stakeholder interests

Much has been written about how the pandemic compelled businesses to adopt more of a “stakeholder” approach to governance, thus elevating the interests of staff, customers and suppliers over those...
A narcissistic leader places a crown on his own head

2 September, 2020

Narcissistic leaders are perceived negatively by their employees

Ever since the ascent of Donald Trump to the US presidency narcissism has been one of the most talked about personality traits among leaders in business. This often focuses on their potential for unde...