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  • Boris Johnson, brexit negotiations
    Briefing Notes
    December 5, 2019

    Riding the Wave of Political Instability

    Harald Krüger, the CEO of car manufacturer BMW, recently said that a no-deal Brexit would be a “lose-lose” scenario. Business leaders like Mr. Krüger rarely voice public opinions about political events in the U.K. Taking a political stance has always been seen as a risky move with little upside.

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  • CEO social responsibility
    Briefing Notes
    November 5, 2019

    CEOs and the Attack of Conscience

    When the CEO demonstrates bad behavior, whose “job” is it to do something about it? That any one person in an organization should be its “conscience” is worth thought. Exercising conscience, after all, is the essence of human agency.

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  • Corporate Reputation
  • CFO pay
    Briefing Notes
    May 2, 2019

    Why CFO Pay Matters

    Guy Jubb, Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh Business School, argues the merits of decoupling CEO and CFO pay criteria; further, that when establishing CFO pay, more attention should be paid to sound internal controls and a professional culture.

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  • corporations talking about politics
  • radical incrementalism
    Briefing Notes
    May 21, 2018

    In Praise of Radical Incrementalism

    Should decisions within a company be radical or incremental? Often framed as a binary issue, the decision is never that simple. When management decides to implement a change, it is critical to effectively communicate to stakeholders what is being achieved in the short vs the long term.

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  • response to sexual harassment claims
  • Paradise Papers
  • asset management public relations
    Briefing Notes
    August 23, 2017

    Transparency in Asset Management

    “Transparency” is a buzzword that crops up at almost every financial industry conference. But for all the promising talk, the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) believes that improvements in the asset management industry’s governance and fee structures have yet to be realized.

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