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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory book on CG
This is an easy to read, well laid out book that is very straightforward and practical. It covers most of the crucial areas of corporate governance in 90 pages. I'm using this book for my undergraduate course on Corporate Governance course. The best part of the books is a number of examples from the corporate world that make the reading very interesting. Though I use...
Published on February 10, 2004 by Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir

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2.0 out of 5 stars too idealistic
Corporate governance is almost a term of oxymoron..can searching for profit be able to contain the behaviors of the few greeds? or could profit searching be able to interact with the change of corporate executives since whether it is public or private, a company is still governed by a few executives which constantly cannot be controlled by BOD...Corporate governance is...
Published on December 20, 2012 by David Ip


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory book on CG, February 10, 2004
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Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir (Carlson School of Management, Univ. of Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This is an easy to read, well laid out book that is very straightforward and practical. It covers most of the crucial areas of corporate governance in 90 pages. I'm using this book for my undergraduate course on Corporate Governance course. The best part of the books is a number of examples from the corporate world that make the reading very interesting. Though I use other book as references, this book gives me the starting point on a topic.Thanks to the authors for their good work.
I strongly recommend this book anyone who is interested in corporate governance.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Value for the Information it Holds, November 30, 2008
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I had to purchase this book for a Corporate Governance class I'm taking. Originally, I was upset at the $40 sticker price. In retrospect, this book is bargain basement in comparison to it's informational value. I reference this book all the time now! If you are new to investing, or would like to understand better how corporations and their boards function, this book offers an incredibly unbiased and informative analysis. It's very easy to read, and it gives a great perspective to the corporate scandals of the past decade. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for writing this book, Kenneth and John.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a good book regarding the general themes one should consider when ..., September 25, 2014
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It is a good book regarding the general themes one should consider when reviewing governance issus for a board of directors for a public company. The book contains a number of real life examples of company boards from Enron, WorldCom, Yahoo and Disney to name a few, which are very helpful to put some of the issues into context. Easy to read and to comprehend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the boardroom and beyond - a systemic overview, February 7, 2010
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This review is from: Corporate Governance (3rd Edition) (Paperback)
This book is like the Starship Enterprise - it appears to go where no man has gone before. I was enchanted to follow.

The book is written for the serious student of governance. It assumes no prior knowledge and starts with a clear history of the development of modern governance theory. This is delivered in clear prose that is easily assimilated in one fast read. The focus is on the practical and philosophical reasons behind the legal structures that define modern governance. It makes a lot of sense.

From there the book leaps (at warp speed) to a really hot topic: executive compensation. The agency problem, perverse incentives and human behaviour are all analysed with refreshing brevity and lucidity. The deterrents to excessive risk taking are examined and, again, the focus on practical principles based action makes the text a pleasure to read.

Before tackling the board and directors the book passes through the orbit of the auditors and accountants who missed so many of the recent corporate disasters. The basic premises of accounting and the motivations of partners in audit firms are shown as useful but insufficient to provide a corporate control mechanism that investors can rely upon.

The role of the board is discussed in far greater breadth than in many USA publications and the authors have clearly taken time to consider the different models used around the world as well as the implications of each model for not-for-profit and unlisted boards. Alignment of interests is discussed and the potential problems with common board structures are acknowledged. The impact of regulation on board structures and the process for nominating and replacing directors is highlighted as key to good governance outcomes.

Then we head off into other galaxies; where corporate governance books rarely venture, to discuss the role of investment banks, analysts, credit ratings agencies, creditors, shareholders, competitors and takeover bidders in bringing discipline to directorship. The SEC and Sarbanes Oxley are also brought into the context of a wide ranging analysis of the complex relationships that entangle, support or obscure our corporate governance. The book looks at the systemic factors that underpin life as we know it. Then it debates how these factors could be used more effectively to bring about better outcomes for investors.

Finally the authors stop to consider corporate citizenship and stakeholder advocacy.

This is a breathtaking ride through the constellations by which boards and directors navigate their craft. The breadth of the field is not compensated by a loss of depth. The analyses are concise but comprehensive. Case studies enliven the material and the voices of three distinct authors are melded into a harmony so complete you can't tell who has written which piece. The whole has been rigorously edited to present the essentials of systemic governance. This book will please everyone from seasoned chairman to novice aspirant director. It may also perturb a few, currently peripheral, players by highlighting a bigger role for their expertise.

Don't be misled by my playful sci-fi analogy. This is a book with real technical merit. I hope it is a case of today's fiction becoming tomorrow's fact.

* Julie Garland McLellan is a professional non-executive director, board and governance consultant and mentor. She is the author of "Dilemmas, Dilemmas: practical case studies for company directors', "The Director's Dilemma", "All Above Board: Great Governance for the Government Sector" and numerous articles on corporate strategy and governance.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it came in amazing condition and it came very quick!!, May 12, 2010
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the book is an amazing book written for students and adults alike. it is made for the people that need or would like to know a thing or two about what actualy goes on on wal street. it gives you all the run downs on how fraud is done and where the mistakes by the accountants were. the book in general though, is very concise and sometimes a little research is required in order to fully understand what exactly is going on but otherwise its a very good usefull shortly written book!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too idealistic, December 20, 2012
This review is from: Corporate Governance (3rd Edition) (Paperback)
Corporate governance is almost a term of oxymoron..can searching for profit be able to contain the behaviors of the few greeds? or could profit searching be able to interact with the change of corporate executives since whether it is public or private, a company is still governed by a few executives which constantly cannot be controlled by BOD...Corporate governance is very difficult to reach because people change and often there are change of people's role within the company even the company's mission is originally to set out for the goodness...but very difficult to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corporate Governance, great deal!!, September 17, 2012
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The book was in very good conditions, just some weird chinese words written in the first pages, it was fun, though.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing, December 10, 2009
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This review is from: Corporate Governance (3rd Edition) (Paperback)
Extremely weak. Very superficial, very repetitive, with little detail, and few examples of how things actually work. All written in the passive voice. Much worse, criticism of the weaknesses of the current system is extremely muted, if not completely non-existent, and there are few or no suggestions for improvement. It seems to be written by a couple of corporate apologists. There is no sense of outrage over the loopholes in the current system, little attempt to point out ways shareholder safeguards could be strengthened, or to point fingers at the guilty parties.

Exactly the book that the CEO's of large corporations, Congress, and the SEC would want you to read about corporate governance.

What a shame, when the world so greatly needs to read informed criticism of the corporate structure and it's weaknesses, and how it can be improved.
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