WPP buybacks

1 April, 2020

Pushback on buybacks as global brands postpone plans

On Wednesday this week WPP, one of the world’s largest marketing and advertising companies, suspended a £950m buyback announced last year. A day later Adidas, a global sports brand announced postpo...
M&A, mergers and acquisitions

30 March, 2020

M&A activity predicted to increase post-Covid-19 crisis

The world may be in the grip of a global pandemic, but corporate leaders are already thinking about what will happen when the situation stabilises—and research finds that mergers and acquisitions (M...
stakeholder accountability

23 March, 2020

Stakeholder accountability at risk from the Covid-19 crisis

It’s becoming clear that businesses responding to the Covid-19 crisis are putting their reputations on the line. As the pandemic increases in intensity and governments shut down whole countries to c...
Leadership, teamwork

17 March, 2020

Leaders in crisis: why teamwork is the way forward

The UK is now at the heart of the coronavirus storm and the economic and financial effects are becoming clear. While companies have worked on their processes to cope with implications of Covid-19, att...
systemic risk, boat and a big wave

17 March, 2020

Covid-19 is a new systemic risk. What are the implications for governance?

Covid-19 emerged in December 2019 and has quickly become a global crisis that threatens the health of individuals and the welfare of societies on a vast scale, including its impact on global economic ...
remote working

16 March, 2020

Covid-19 has taken remote working mainstream. What next?

As academic researchers in the field of organisation design, we have watched with great interest as remote working has gradually drifted toward mainstream acceptance in recent years. The ultimate mean...
Covid-19, coronavirus, hits markets

13 March, 2020

ICGN issues guidance for investors amid Covid-19 pandemic

Investors have been advised to avoid placing boards and their companies under pressure to take “undue risks” in search of a short-term investor benefit during the global Covid-19 pandemic. The ...
Covid-19, coronavirus

4 March, 2020

Covid-19: UK business institutions and advisers set out likely impact

The urgency over coronavirus is ramping up. The Bank of England, the Treasury, regulators and professional bodies have all either issued reassurances about their response to Covid-19, or warnings abou...
Mark Braithwaite, Odgers Berndtson

28 June, 2019

Rapid technological change ‘is disrupting leadership’

At a recent gathering in London, a group of chairs, chief executives and senior managers came together to talk about a book. Written by Mark Braithwaite, the Asia Pacific managing director for global ...
CSR, corporate social responsibility

22 October, 2018

Why marrying societal impact with financial strategy takes time

After nearly four years as CEO of accountancy firm Grant Thornton, Sacha Romanovitch—one of the first senior female leaders in a major professional services organisation—is to step down and will n...