100 books like New Corporate Governance

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Harry Korine Author Of Strong Managers, Strong Owners: Corporate Governance and Strategy

From my list on making corporate governance work.

Why am I passionate about this?

Some time after starting out as an academic in the field of strategy, I became aware of the fact that strategists thought and acted as if board members and shareholders simply did not exist—executives made strategy. The revelatory moment for me came when I tested this conception of the world against the reality that I knew, Europe and family business, settings where shareholders in particular have always played a critical role in deciding on the direction of the firm. Ever since, I have made it my missionin research, in teaching, and in consultingto make sure that strategy and governance questions are always raised at the same time.

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Harry Korine Why did Harry love this book?

Monks and Minow are the founders of modern shareholder-focused corporate governance. As such, their book is required reading for understanding how shareholders have taken back control of publicly listed companies, not only in the USA but also around the world. This is a book with a purpose, and it shows in the writing—the authors use detailed case histories, often from their own personal experience to show that corporations and business in general stand to benefit from more active shareholders.

By Robert A. G. Monks, Nell Minow,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Corporate Governance as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In the wake of the recent global financial collapse the timely new edition of this successful text provides students and business professionals with a welcome update of the key issues facing managers, boards of directors, investors, and shareholders. In addition to its authoritative overview of the history, the myth and the reality of corporate governance, this new edition has been updated to include: * analysis of the financial crisis; * the reasons for the global scale of the recession * the failure of international risk management * An overview of corporate governance guidelines and codes of practice; * new cases.…


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Harry Korine Author Of Strong Managers, Strong Owners: Corporate Governance and Strategy

From my list on making corporate governance work.

Why am I passionate about this?

Some time after starting out as an academic in the field of strategy, I became aware of the fact that strategists thought and acted as if board members and shareholders simply did not exist—executives made strategy. The revelatory moment for me came when I tested this conception of the world against the reality that I knew, Europe and family business, settings where shareholders in particular have always played a critical role in deciding on the direction of the firm. Ever since, I have made it my missionin research, in teaching, and in consultingto make sure that strategy and governance questions are always raised at the same time.

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Harry Korine Why did Harry love this book?

By emphasizing accountability, Jill Solomon takes the reader deep into one of the two critical pillars of corporate governance, the other being power. Whereas many other books stick to defining and describing the institutions of corporate governance in an ideal world, Solomon explains how these institutions actually (should and can) work to ensure accountabilityof executives to the board and the shareholders, of the board to shareholders, and of the corporation to society.    

By Jill Solomon,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Corporate Governance and Accountability as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Corporate Governance and Accountability presents students with a complete and current survey of the latest developments involving how a company is directed and controlled. Providing a broad research-based perspective, this comprehensive textbook examines global corporate governance systems, the role and responsibilities of the directorate, and the frameworks designed to ensure effective corporate accountability for stakeholders. A holistic approach to the subject enables students to develop a well-rounded knowledge of corporate governance theory and practice, policy documents, academic research, and current debates, issues, and trends.

Now in its fifth edition, this comprehensive view of the corporate governance agenda features fully revised…


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Harry Korine Author Of Strong Managers, Strong Owners: Corporate Governance and Strategy

From my list on making corporate governance work.

Why am I passionate about this?

Some time after starting out as an academic in the field of strategy, I became aware of the fact that strategists thought and acted as if board members and shareholders simply did not exist—executives made strategy. The revelatory moment for me came when I tested this conception of the world against the reality that I knew, Europe and family business, settings where shareholders in particular have always played a critical role in deciding on the direction of the firm. Ever since, I have made it my missionin research, in teaching, and in consultingto make sure that strategy and governance questions are always raised at the same time.

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Harry Korine Why did Harry love this book?

Too often, people in the corporate governance field jump to the conclusion that what works in one country has to work the same way in another country. Although corporate governance is fundamentally about power and accountability, no matter the setting, one size does not fit all. Thomas Clarke’s book is an excellent introduction to understanding how different legal systems and different histories have shaped corporate governance in different national environments. Learn from the best no matter the source and adapt to local needs.

By Thomas Clarke,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked International Corporate Governance as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Thomas Clarke's International Corporate Governance offers a comprehensive guide to corporate governance forms and institutions and examines the recurring crises in corporate governance and the resulting corporate governance reform around the world.

While the popular structure of the original text has been retained, significant changes have been made to take account of the global financial crisis, ever-changing regulations and worldwide governance developments. Key topics include:

The governance failures of international corporations such as Enron and Lehman Brothers

Diversity in corporate and institutional forms across the world

The role of international corporate governance standards

Digital disruption in capital markets and proposals…


Book cover of Family Business Governance: Maximizing Family and Business Potential

Harry Korine Author Of Strong Managers, Strong Owners: Corporate Governance and Strategy

From my list on making corporate governance work.

Why am I passionate about this?

Some time after starting out as an academic in the field of strategy, I became aware of the fact that strategists thought and acted as if board members and shareholders simply did not exist—executives made strategy. The revelatory moment for me came when I tested this conception of the world against the reality that I knew, Europe and family business, settings where shareholders in particular have always played a critical role in deciding on the direction of the firm. Ever since, I have made it my missionin research, in teaching, and in consultingto make sure that strategy and governance questions are always raised at the same time.

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Harry Korine Why did Harry love this book?

This little book makes the questions around corporate governance in the family firm come alive with examples, people, and, even, feelings. Too often, corporate governance is considered unnecessary where family ties are supposed to make up for missing structure. Aronoff and Ward show how family ties can get in the way of sound business practices and make a very strong case for prioritizing governance in the family business. Governance in the family business, unlike governance in the listed company, needs to be precisely tailored to the situation, and this book provides a blueprint for starting the process.

By Craig E. Aronoff, John L. Ward, Drew S. Mendoza

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Family Business Governance as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Strong family governance can create an environment of smooth decision making, cohesiveness, effective conflict resolution and a directive that moves the business forward. Authors Aronoff and Ward show leaders why a strong governance is critical to taking families from one generation of success to the next.


Book cover of The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations, and the Public

Sarah Kaplan Author Of The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-Offs to Transformation

From my list on stakeholder capitalism.

Why am I passionate about this?

Sarah Kaplan is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is the author of the bestseller Creative Destruction: Why Companies That Are Built to Last Underperform the Market—And How to Successfully Transform Them and The 360º Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation, both address the challenges of innovation and organizational change in society. She frequently speaks and appears in the media on topics related to achieving a more inclusive economy and corporate governance reform. Formerly a professor at the Wharton School and a consultant at McKinsey & Company, she earned her PhD at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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Sarah Kaplan Why did Sarah love this book?

Stout’s book was an early salvo in the current debate about shareholder primacy that opened the way for many who have followed in her footsteps. In this carefully argued book, she disputes the argument that corporate boards are required by law to put the shareholder first, pointing out flaws in legal interpretations that have supported a damaging consensus view. In debunking the shareholder value myth, she shows that the obsessive focus on financial returns has led to dangerous short-termism in which corporate leaders pursue quarterly earnings to the disadvantage of investments that would not only improve social outcomes but also lead to better long term performance. She also demonstrates that shareholders hold many values, only one of which might be financial returns. In this regard, she was a vanguard of the accelerating focus of institutional investors on “stewardship” of the environmental and social impacts of their investments.  

By Lynn Stout,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Shareholder Value Myth as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“Shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world.”
—Jack Welch

Executives, investors, and the business press routinely chant the mantra that corporations are required to “maximize shareholder value.” In this pathbreaking book, renowned corporate expert Lynn Stout debunks the myth that corporate law mandates shareholder primacy. Stout shows how shareholder value thinking endangers not only investors but the rest of us as well, leading managers to focus myopically on short-term earnings; discouraging investment and innovation; harming employees, customers, and communities; and causing companies to indulge in reckless, sociopathic, and irresponsible behaviors. And she looks at new models of corporate…


Book cover of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

Natalie Canavor Author Of Business Writing for Dummies

From my list on writing persuasive messages that win what you want.

Why am I passionate about this?

Early in my career I landed a job as a magazine editor. Shazam! I could publish my own articles! But I discovered that I actually had no idea how to write anything interesting, English major though I’d been. So I began to figure out what makes writing work. Over decades as a journalist, corporate communicator, and consultant, I did learn. I also saw colleagues miss their best opportunities, even screw up their lives, by writing badly—unpersuasively. And a mission was born: to share the tools and techniques of powerful communication. I’ve created dozens of workshops for businesspeople and professionals, taught graduate students, and now happily author books jammed with practical advice. 

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Natalie Canavor Why did Natalie love this book?

Warren Buffet, the famous investor, is also revered as a master communicator. His annual Letters to Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders are models of clear, transparent writing. They are the best showcases I know for the impact of presenting difficult material in “plain English.” Buffet makes financial information accessible and even interesting to the layperson with an unassuming colloquial tone, humor, anecdotes, and language based on the concrete short words of natural speech. He always delivers substance, even acknowledging his own poor decisions.

The enviable result: he generates trust, the critical ingredient of persuasion. I love introducing students to Buffet’s writing and seeing them analyze what works so well. The letters are available online, but this book usefully collects them along with other Buffet writings and commentary.

By Lawrence A. Cunningham, Warren Buffett,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Essays of Warren Buffett as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The fifth edition of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America continues a 25-year tradition of collating Warren Buffett's philosophy in a historic collaboration between Mr. Buffett and Prof. Lawrence Cunningham. As the book Buffett autographs most, its popularity and longevity attest to the widespread appetite for this unique compilation of Mr. Buffett’s thoughts that is at once comprehensive, non-repetitive, and digestible. New and experienced readers alike will gain an invaluable informal education by perusing this classic arrangement of Mr. Buffett's best writings.


“Larry Cunningham has done a great job at collating our philosophy.”—Warren Buffett


"Larry Cunningham takes…


Book cover of The Best of Boards: Sound Governance and Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations

Melisa Galasso Author Of Money Matters for Nonprofits: How Board Members Can Harness the Power of Financial Statements by Understanding Basic Accounting

From my list on someone new to a nonprofit board.

Why am I passionate about this?

I’m a CPA with nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting profession and I provide continuing education to CPA firms in the area of accounting and auditing. One of my areas of specialization is government and nonprofit accounting. I serve on the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB’s) Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee and the AICPA’s Governing Council. I am passionate about the standard setting process and ensuring financial reporting is accurate and presented in a way to help the user make financial decisions. I have a BSBA from Georgetown University with a concentration in Accounting and International Business. 

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Melisa Galasso Why did Melisa love this book?

This book builds on the information provided by The Little Book of Boards by going into more details into the nitty gritty. This book addresses the legal responsibilities of the board risk management and ethics. It also has a chapter on financial statements and internal controls. Each chapter provides just enough details that the reader can start to get a great understanding of the big picture of a board member’s responsibilities. The book closes with a focus on change management and useful case studies to get the reader thinking about their responsibilities for the nonprofit organization. I’d definitely recommend reading this after the Little Book of Boards to continue to grow the knowledge base without getting overwhelmed.

By Marci S. Thomas,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Best of Boards as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Nonprofit organizations boards are justifiably passionate about their causes and eager to help their organizations. However, in today s increasingly regulated climate, board members, who come from diverse backgrounds and may have little financial expertise, can feel overwhelmed by the regulations that are their duty to follow. The Best of Boards: Sound Governance and Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations provides not-for-profit board members and financial managers with the essential fiduciary knowledge and indispensable leadership guidance that they need to meet the challenges of the current not-for-profit environment. This book contains: * Financial and ethical guidance for real-life situations * Practical leadership…


Book cover of When Things Don't Fall Apart: Global Financial Governance and Developmental Finance in an Age of Productive Incoherence

Elizabeth Friesen Author Of Challenging Global Finance: Civil Society and Transnational Networks

From my list on why international finance fails to deliver.

Why am I passionate about this?

During my childhood I heard many stories of economic collapse, depression, and subsequent war. This created an early awareness of the power of financial forces to shape the welfare, security, and life chances of millions. Since then, I have worked to better understand how such things happen and what could be done about them. I have focused on the nature of power and studied the contingent and contested political processes that shape financial orders. This contestation opens up the possibility of change and makes me hope that future financial orders will, eventually, be based on a wiser, more encompassing understanding of welfare, security, and perhaps even justice, than has been the case so far. 

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Elizabeth Friesen Why did Elizabeth love this book?

This book is a welcome antidote to the defeatism that results from a crisis-prone view of the world which is so easy to fall into today.

Grable argues that we should recognize that the rigid models that define a narrow “correct” path to progress are inadequate. Instead, she puts forward the value of what she calls “unscripted” innovations and reminds the reader of the value of “muddling through” and incremental change.

Grable shines a well-deserved light on earlier work by Hirschman and Lindblom. She combines an appreciation of the importance of ideas and the necessity of a high tolerance for complexity and incoherence. This book makes the case for the importance of remaining calm and carrying on, while still keeping an eye out for opportunity.  

By Ilene Grabel,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked When Things Don't Fall Apart as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An account of the significant though gradual, uneven, disconnected, ad hoc, and pragmatic innovations in global financial governance and developmental finance induced by the global financial crisis.

In When Things Don't Fall Apart, Ilene Grabel challenges the dominant view that the global financial crisis had little effect on global financial governance and developmental finance. Most observers discount all but grand, systemic ruptures in institutions and policy. Grabel argues instead that the global crisis induced inconsistent and ad hoc discontinuities in global financial governance and developmental finance that are now having profound effects on emerging market and developing economies. Grabel's chief…


Book cover of First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently

Scott Greenberg Author Of Stop the Shift Show: How to Turn Your Struggling Hourly Workers Into a Top-Performing Team

From my list on managing employees and building teams.

Why am I passionate about this?

I’m fascinated with the relationship between personal growth and professional performance. Why is it in the same environment, doing the same work, some people can excel while others struggle? Most chalk it up to external circumstances that can’t be controlled. Others focus on tactics. But I’ve learned top-performers are masters at the human side of their work–the way they think, lead and serve–and that’s what gives them their edge. All of my work centers around infusing hard skills with improved soft skills, and getting better results in the process. That’s the stuff I find delicious, and it’s what I speak and write about.

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Scott Greenberg Why did Scott love this book?

There’s no shortage of books on management, but many rely too much on conjecture. This book pulls in hard data derived from Gallup's in-depth research, research I respect so much I reference it in my work. It offers a fresh perspective on what separates great managers from the pack.

I especially appreciated the way it focuses on employees' strengths. Any leadership approach that encourages managers to adapt to individuals is one I can get behind. 

By Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked First, Break All the Rules as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its revolutionary study of more than 80,000 managers in First, Break All the Rules, revealing what the world's greatest managers do differently. With vital performance and career lessons and ideas for how to apply them, it is a must-read for managers at every level.

Included with this re-release of First, Break All the Rules: updated meta-analytic research and access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, which reveals people's top themes of talent, and to Gallup's Q12 employee engagement survey, the most effective measure of employee engagement and its impact on business outcomes.

What separates the…


Book cover of Corporate Finance: Principles and Practice

Ian Pagdin and Michelle Hardy Author Of Investment and Portfolio Management: A Practical Introduction

From my list on making finance interesting and engaging (especially if you’re not an academic).

Why am I passionate about this?

We first met about 10 years ago at Sheffield Hallam University, bonding as work colleagues over a love of enabling students to understand wealth management and finance in a way that we hoped they would find interesting and accessible. The books we chose mix our love of storytelling and making finance accessible by using real-world experiences. They do this in a unique way, challenging the reader to think about their understanding and perspective, something we try to do every day. It has been lovely to reread these books before writing the reviews, reminding us of what makes us tick. We hope they help you to find your tick too. 

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Ian Pagdin and Michelle Hardy Why did Ian and Michelle love this book?

We like this book because it has a “reader-friendly” style, which is particularly important for anyone unfamiliar with the subject. This also makes it practical for students of all levels and those interested in exploring a new area of interest.

The main topics of corporate finance are covered, giving detailed explanations of key principles while considering real-life situations by utilising practical examples to illustrate the issues explored. It provides an effective bridge between theory and practical application of techniques used by professional managers to achieve corporate objectives. The inclusion of questions for review and discussion allows the reader to self-test and reflect on their understanding and encourage critical thinking.

Our advice, brew a big mug of tea and make a start.

By Denzil Watson, Antony Head, Dora Chan

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Corporate Finance as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Familiarise yourself with the core concepts surrounding Corporate Finance with this reader-friendly text.

Corporate Finance: Principles and Practice, 8th Edition by Denzil Watson and Antony Head, is a comprehensive guide to the field, introducing you to the key topics and basic areas of Corporate Finance. This thoroughly updated edition is ideal for students in accounting, business, or finance-related studies at undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional levels.

Written and structured in a reader-friendly style for those new to the subject, the book explains clearly and step-by-step the essential principles and mathematical techniques needed without burdening you with unnecessary detail. The questions for…


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