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Challenges in Implementing Corporate Governance: Whose Business is it Anyway? 1st Edition

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Challenges in Implementing Corporate Governance aims to help board members of public-listed companies focus on what really matters. It is targeted primarily at independent non-executive directors in Asia-Pacific who are having difficulty translating what the codes of Corporate Governance demand of them into behavior that delivers long-term value to their stakeholders and shareholders. It also contains essential advice for senior management of multinationals who are working in Asia-Pacific.

Key issues in the book include:

  • cross-cultural issues in corporate governance;
  • the role of the primary stakeholders and their claims on the company;
  • how to make good corporate governance operational;
  • the structure and composition of an effective board;
  • the four key factors to ensure good results; and
  • effective and practical risk management strategies.

The author has used extensive Asian examples and case studies, wherever possible, or else well-known western examples so that readers can make the connections easily between the examples and their personal circumstances.

The book consists of nine chapters which are designed to be easy to read and thought-provoking at the same time. Each chapter ends with a set of simple takeaways to remind the busy directors of their core responsibilities.

From the Back Cover

John Zinkin's new book on Challenges in Implementing Corporate Governance is a welcome addition for board members and senior management on how to improve corporate governance in the post-crisis period. John correctly identifies that most boards on underperforming companies have three elements of failure: a lack of proper understanding of the business and its strategy; a total lack of appreciation of both the strategic and systemic risks created by new product markets; and a total failure by boards to ensure that the incentive structures for top management reflect long-term needs rather than short-term profits, thereby putting the company's future at risk. John has written a useful and practical handbook that is a must read for all board members on how to improve corporate governance.
Datuk Seri Panglima Andrew Sheng
Chief Adviser, China Banking Regulatory Commission and the Boards of the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority , Sime Darby Berhad and Khazanah Nasional

This timely book will interest those wanting to improve corporate governance and risk management. It should also appeal to anyone curious about what caused banks to fail in a number of markets in recent times, and the values which led to this failure. In considering principles which are essential to good governance, ACCA recognizes that corporate governance evolves and improves over time. We accept that organizations in different sectors and across the world operate in diverse environments in terms of culture, regulation, legislation and enforcement. What is appropriate, in terms of governance, for one type of organization will not be appropriate to all organizations. John Zinkin’s book seeks to address this challenge, analyzing the essential cultural and behavioral issues which sit at the heart of the challenges.
Paul Moxey
Head of Risk Management and Corporate Governance
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

A scholarly combination of practical guidelines and strategic vision.
Lady Sylvia Jay CBE
Vice-Chairman, L'Oreal UK
Independent Director, Alcatel-Lucent, Compagnie de Saint Gobain, Lazard Limited and Carrefour

This is a highly topical and timely publication. Globally, the crisis that has gripped the financial services sector following the failure of well known global banks in recent years has focused attention on corporate governance. To restore confidence in the financial services sector is a long-term goal and effective corporate governance, together with the closely associated topic of risk management, has gripped not only governments and banks, but the public too. In this book, John Zinkin clearly asserts that financial institutions need to exert their responsibilities beyond their shareholders and far more into the wider group of stakeholders, including employees and wider society. In considering issues globally, John provides a book that is not only thought-provoking but pragmatic and useful at a time when stakeholders in our banks need to see real change in transparent, practical ways from those charged with governing our banks.
Ruth Martin
Managing Director
The Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470825227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470825228
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,380,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loyd Eskildson HALL OF FAME on September 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Critical aspects of the failure in corporate governance relate to performance, not conformance or compliance. Specifically, boards have had inadequate understanding of the business and its strategy, a lack of understanding of both the strategic risk and systemic risk (the latter associated with markets being entered by others as well), and have failed to ensure rewards for top executives reflected corporate and other stakeholder long-term needs rather than encouraging irresponsible behavior that put the company's future at risk.

Calls for more regulation, a return from speculation to investment because the stock market overemphasizes the short-term horizon for managers, boards, and investors, renewed emphasis on moral purpose in corporations, and returning to the lower CEO/worker pay multiples of the 1970s. Asia has advantages over the West in corporate government because they emphasize moral purpose, and investors have a long-term view.

Bottom-Line: Apt observations, but won't change anything in the U.S. Threats of takeovers based on short-term outcomes mandate continuation of short-term thinking.
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