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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — What happens when a company is robbed by its dominant shareholder?  The theft not only hurts minority shareholders, but profoundly damages the firm’s longer-term health and viability, according to Charles M.C. Lee, an accounting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In a recent research paper, Lee and [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Stock markets are supposed to be the ultimate arbiter of company worth. But do they factor in a country’s corruption or virtue in valuing businesses? Yes, says Charles M.C. Lee, an expert on markets and accounting at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. The GSB professor recently discussed his research [...]

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CLOSER LOOK SERIES: TOPICS, ISSUES, AND CONTROVERSIES IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE  Professor David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan prepared this material as the basis for discussion. The authors would like to thank Equilar Inc. for providing access to the raw compensation and equity ownership data and Alan Jagolinzer and Eric Yeung for helping to compute descriptive [...]

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By  David Larcker, James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting, Director of Stanford Graduate School of Business Corporate Governance Research Program  And Brian Tayan  STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In recent years, much attention has been paid to the suitability of CEO compensation among U.S. firms. Of particular concern are whether total compensation packages are [...]

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A Closer Look report prepared for the Corporate Governance Research Program  at the Stanford Graduate School of Business STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Reliable financial reporting is essential to the proper functioning of capital markets. Investors rely on reported financials in order to make investment decisions and to evaluate the performance of management and [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Stock options have a positive effect on firm performance when they are granted to executives, but giving options to lower ranking employees seems to have no effect on the bottom line according to a new study co-authored by Stanford Business School Professor Ron Kasznik.   “Our findings provide evidence [...]

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Stanford GSB Prof. Mary Barth told U. of Texas’ McCombs School of Business students they need to understand the fundamental accounting concepts because they provide the basis of the framework for financial reporting. She warned that in the future, accounting professionals will need to make judgments and understand “the why” behind a standard, rather than [...]

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By Alice LaPlante The financial impact of regulating coal-fired power plants that produce carbon dioxide emissions under a cap-and-trade system will be much less than previously projected according to research by Professor Stefan Reichelstein and doctoral student Ozge Islegen. STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — There’s good news for supporters of the Waxman-Markey climate bill [...]

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The financial impact of regulating coal-fired power plants that produce carbon dioxide emissions under a cap-and-trade system will be much less than previously projected according to research by Stanford Business School Professor Stefan Reichelstein and doctoral student Ozge Islegen. STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — There’s good news for supporters of the Waxman-Markey climate bill [...]

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A study by Stanford law and business faculty members casts strong doubt upon the value and validity of the ratings of governance advisory firms that compile indexes to evaluate the effectiveness of a publicly held company’s governance practices. “Everyone would agree that corporate governance is a good thing,” said Business School Professor David Larcker, “but can you measure it without even talking to the companies being rated?”

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