Back to the Drawing Board: Designing Corporate Boards for a Complex World

By Colin B Carter, Jay W Lorsch (Joint author)
Business scandals from Enron to WorldCom have escalated concerns about corporate governance into a full-blown crisis. Institutional investors and legislators have dominated the debate and enacted important changes in corporate accounting and other areas. But Colin B. Carter and Jay W. Lorsch say that we must now focus on the performance of corporate boards. This timely book argues that boards are being pressed to perform unrealistic duties given their traditional structure, processes, and membership. Carter and Lorsch propose a strategic redesign of boards--making them better attuned to their oversight, decision-making, and advisory roles--to enable directors to meet 21st century challenges successfully. Based on the authors' deep expertise and longtime experience working with boards around the world, and on a probing survey of CEOs, Carter and Lorsch help boards to develop a realistic value proposition customized to the company they serve. The authors explore the core dilemmas and responsibilities boards face and outline a framework for designing the most effective structure, makeup, size, and culture. This book provides a candid account of the current state of boards and points the way in a time of crisis and change.


NEWS & OPINION: Strategy and Business' Best Business Books of 2004

Posted December 20, 2004, 6:45 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I know I am a little late on getting the Strategy and Business list posted, but here is a summary of the list with the books and the links to the articles. The first book under each heading s+b's top shelf pick for that subject: Strategy Confronting Reality by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan The Future of Competition by C. K. Read more


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Publisher Harvard Business School Press
Publish date 12/01/2003
Pages 242
ISBN-13 9781578517763
Language English