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On this page you will find old news, commentary and in-depth articles from the Applied Corporate Governance website.
An ACG case study on corporate governance at Volkswagen following the emissions testing scandal: our usual history, comment and analysis against our Five Golden Rules
Following the departure of its CEO, we look at corporate governance at United Airlines and find out what went wrong.
A look the UK’s Institute of Directors’ project to create an index of corporate governance performance, with our own views on the purpose, the approach taken and its likelihood of success
Gillian Morse explains how good whistleblower policies and procedures are an essential part of ensuring good governance, backed by research and offering practical guidance
Using Deloitte-MG Rover as a case study, we look at whether an accountancy practice should turn down work because of public interest concerns and whether ethical principles can help
There appears to be little research into corporate governance in smaller companies; this article looks at why and what research is being done into the sector.
A look at how two world leading companies have approached organisation after reassessing their global strategies under pressure from events, and the resulting effect on corporate governance
This Enron case study presents our own analysis of the spectacular rise and fall of Enron against our Golden Rules of corporate governance and applies our proprietary rating tool.
In looking around the world for role models of well-run businesses, ACG has studied many business ethics examples, which are now available as detailed case studies in ethics and corporate governance
Business ethics is a set of moral codes applied by an organization/a business entity to guide the conduct of all stakeholders in the execution of their
I would define business ethics as the proper way operate in a business. The way that the business needs to be run needs to be in accordance with the law.
The time has finally arrived for the use of surveys to supersede box-ticking in the pursuit of good corporate governance; this white paper
Does the European Commission know what it is doing about Corporate Governance? We look at corporate governance reform in the European Union following the global financial crisis
In this article we ask the question “what does whistleblower mean?” and “who blows whistles?”, presenting our own whistleblowing definition and exploring what others have to say on the subject
Why did Tesco need a whistleblower to correct accounting malpractice? We look at the what and the why of the £250m profit overstatement and assess corporate governance at the retailer
High ethical standards are increasingly linked to avoiding business failure and improving performance; in this article we look at business ethics examples, both of poor behaviour and sound principles
Following our earlier article on the latest US bid for a UK pharmaceutical, we analyse the latest Abbvie-Shire news from a strategic and corporate governance perspective.
A selection of business ethics articles from the Applied Corporate Governance blog looking at different issues, companies and ethical behaviour.
Following Pfizer-AstreZenca, we look at another US bid for a European Pharmaceutical company and the corporate governance lessons from the AbbVie-Shire bid
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AstraZeneca - Pfizer’s bid raises questions over the future of pharmaceutical giants: we analyse the saga and lessons to be learned and examine it against our Five Golden Rules of corporate governance
We are pleased to launch another free ebook for readers of our website, this time on Non-Executive Directors. This first version is aimed at the UK NED but while we will soon launch an international version, many corporate governance models around the world are based on the UK principles, especially "comply or explain", so it will still be of use and interest to our many readers from all corners of the world.
This short "e-booklet" is intended to help those hoping to take up a non-executive director role understand the responsibilities and requirements and give them an idea of the experience and personal qualities required. It outlines what training and induction they should look for, describes what constitutes a well-run board and board meeting, and suggests some of the tools and services they should look for to help them carry out their job effectively and efficiently. For existing non-executive directors, it should provide a checklist against which to measure their own performance and those of any boards with which they may be associated.
It also contains a summary of the UK Corporate Governance Code and the Stewardship Code, as well as related responsibilities under the Companies Act 2006.
To download your free copy, click here.
This page is a secondary blog page which will be updated regularly with leader blogs and new content (last updated: 22 April 2014)
A collection of our favourite leadership quotes and jokes to inspire or amuse - or both! Food for thought as we comment and draw lessons for us as leaders
John F Kennedy thought that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other, but what does that mean and how can you practically apply its implications?
Conscious leadership means leading from a higher state of awareness, allowing you to find new and effective solutions to challenges and increasing employee engagement
Instead of a catalyst of real change, Corporate Social Responsibility is in danger of becoming its enemy; are Social Enterprise and Social Value the answer?
What can we learn from the latest Corruption Index from Transparency International, which shows corruption is still a major problem?
An in-depth look at the Co-operative Group and the wider Co-operative Movement in the UK, with analysis and comment on its corporate governance, based on primary research
How can non-executive directors can enhance the Corporate Governance of investing institutions? In this second article we look at the increasing use of use e-board technologies.
What do we mean by high standards of ethical behaviour and how practical is it to introduce legal penalties for non-compliance?
Guest writer Barry Hammond explains why good governance is an illusion which stops many companies implementing corporate governance at all and what can be done.
Corporate Governance Codes have been largely focused on big public companies but what about the investing institutions that own them? How should we assess their Corporate Governance?
You cannot please all the people all the time but will the financial sector ever wake up to the public sentiment against the nature of the investment bank bonus?
On 20 June 2013, the European Council adopted new rules on bank capital requirements, amending it’s CRD IV legislation, including limits on bank bonuses of twice annual salary
A CRD project in Somalia is using billboard art to promote peace and good governance
With more details emerging this week of the reasons for the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh, the spotlight is back on the source of the cheap clothing Western countries enjoy
Nigeria’s GDP Rebasing Will Challenge South Africa But Emphasises Inequality.
With the publication of the 2013 Africa Progress Report displaying guarded optimism, we look at the opportunities and challenges for Africa's Natural Resources to lift millions out of poverty.
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KPMP signed up to the Audit Firm Governance Code. How well did this protect it against the illegal actions of one of its partners?
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Ongoing Crisis of Confidence in ThyssenKrupp Corporate Governance and its supervisory board: updated analysis and comment from Applied Corporate Governance
The importance of systems and processes in corporate governance: what are systems and processes and how can they be used to meet CG objectives?
ThyssenKrupp and how Germany’s leading Corporate Governance advocate was let down by the Supervisory Board system
What happens when the strategic management process is allowed to slip? A look at the HP Autonomy fiasco shows how bad strategy leads to bad corporate governance
In answering the question “What is Strategic Management?”, we explore the origins and development of the concept of strategic management and sets out the key elements to the process
The audit used to be an opinion on whether the accounts reflected a company's financial position – now it is just compliance to increasingly complex standards