CEOs standing on equal pay piles

25 November, 2020

Decrease in CEO pay variation blamed on ‘reciprocal benchmarking’

Attention around executive remuneration is usually focused on rocketing pay deals. Now researchers have unearthed a new phenomenon in the US: a dramatic fall in variation. Academics from the Nether...
Compass showing net zero carbon target

17 November, 2020

From A to Zero: how to build a credible corporate net zero strategy

Over the past 18 months, the gears have shifted when it comes to climate change, with pressure for both transparency and proactivity now coming from seemingly every angle: the general public, governme...
Lighthouse shining in the darkness

10 November, 2020

Innovation in a crisis: how to seize opportunities for growth

As business navigates a second set of lockdowns across the UK, thoughts naturally turn to how companies will survive and prosper. For many experts innovation is the key. Recent research shows that ...
Businessman chooses digital innovation

6 November, 2020

Digital expertise in the boardroom ‘improves company performance’

Are tech experts on boards a necessity? New research suggests companies may fare better with high-level digital knowledge around the boardroom table. Academics at the University of Westminster have...
Stock market board

5 November, 2020

Dividend payouts set to resume after pandemic-related cuts

Dividends are coming back. That is the prediction at least of one piece of research after the pandemic caused hundreds of companies to cut their payouts. But boards are likely to be considering the et...
man with a torch in a dark forest

27 October, 2020

Leadership in wicked times

This extraordinary year has brought to the fore an unprecedented number of wicked problems—like Covid-19 or systemic racism. Global warming, developing over decades, arguably is the biggest one. Unl...
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
Coloured lines unite to form red arrow

23 October, 2020

Business leaders want incentives to spur switch to ‘purposeful’ companies

Enthusiasm for companies becoming “purposeful” organisations has grown considerably in recent years—and even more so during the pandemic. New research reveals that businesses believe they should...
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...
Responsible innovation

12 October, 2020

Responsible innovation: implications for corporate governance

The world faces unprecedented grand challenges of which the recent Covid-19 pandemic is just one pertinent example. Innovation is crucial for addressing these grand challenges and business is an impor...