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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – A new survey from Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Heidrick & Struggles has uncovered surprises about who makes the best board directors: It’s not necessarily the current CEOs that most companies seek out. “The popular consensus is that CEOs make the best board members because of their current strategic [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – “Executive compensation may be the lightning rod for shareholders in the wake of the financial crisis, but the truth about how pay should be structured is clouded by a lot of popular myths,” says David Larcker, who is James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting and Director of the Corporate [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS–”The debate on the role of boards in the wake of the financial crisis has created a lot of hype and rhetoric about corporate governance,” says David Larcker, who is James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting and Director of the Corporate Governance Research Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Recent books by faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business include the selected works of Nobel laureate William Sharpe, a look at communication across academic disciplines by Myra Strober, and two books on human “bounded rationality” in politics by Jonathan Bendor. A book on corporate governance is due [...]

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From the Closer Look Series: Stanford Graduate School of Business Corporate Governance Research Program  STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Many institutional investors rely on a proxy advisory firm to assist them in voting company proxies and fulfilling the fiduciary responsibility they have to vote in the interest of beneficial shareholders. The largest proxy advisory [...]

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View entire case with footnores and accompanying exhibits at Closer Look Series: Topics, Issues and Controversies in Corporate Governance Jan. 24, 2011 In recent years, much attention has been paid to CEO succession planning as a risk management issue. The SEC has encouraged companies to disclose information on their succession plans so that shareholders can [...]

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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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Commentary by: Professor David Larcker, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Director, Corporate Governance Research Program Brian Tayan, Stanford MBA ’03 Last week, Forbes published a list of the 20 Most Responsible Companies based on ratings provided by GovernanceMetrics International (GMI). While the list contains many well-regarded companies—such as Colgate-Palmolive, Dover, and PepsiCo—it also has some [...]

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