“There likely isn’t a director – new to their role or a seasoned veteran – who wouldn’t benefit from the practical approaches and framework Cynthia applies to any number of timeless or emerging boardroom dilemmas that may challenge his/her/their value system.”
— Amy Rojik, National Partner and Director of BDO’s Center for Corporate Governance
“This book makes a significant contribution to the field and should be a must-have for any director who wants to make a difference. I highly recommend it!”
— Richard Leblanc, PhD, Professor of Governance, Law & Ethics, York University, Independent Board Member and editor of The Handbook of Board Governance
“The chapters are organized around five cases... Prior to each case, Cynthia provides a well-researched overview of the topic. The overview itself is worth the price of the book.”
— Laurence J. Stybel, CEO/Co-Founder Board Options Inc., “Seat at the Table” Webinars
"Cynthia presents real world problems faced by boards in a compelling format using proven strategies - which not only address specific issues facing boards but elevates board functioning in the process. Building on principles of good governance, her writing style makes for a most enjoyable and memorable read. I highly recommend this book for anyone on or aspiring to be on a board."
— Christine A. Rivers, LLC; Board Governance Expertise to Private Companies
About Cynthia E. Clark, PhD
Cynthia E. Clark, Ph.D is a corporate governance and business ethics expert. She regularly conducts training sessions on ethical decision-making, shareholder activism and optimal nominating and governance procedures to senior management teams and boards of directors. She is widely cited in the media on governance issues, including recently in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Forbes, CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg Radio. She is an active member and speaker with the National Association of Corporate Directors, 2020 Women on Boards and the Society for Governance Professionals. She is also the author of Business & Society: Ethical, Legal and Digital Environments (2020). Cynthia is a Professor of Management and Founding Director of the Geneen Institute for Corporate Governance at Bentley University.
About About Giving Voice to Values in the Boardroom
This book takes the central issues facing board members today and applies the giving voice to values framework while also providing insights from practicing board members who have faced these issues. It covers such topics as strategic planning and monitoring, director independence, privacy and cyber risk, executive compensation and CEO succession planning. With this book, readers will also grapple with the conflicts of interest that might arise in the director selection process, role of the nominating committee and the compensation committee in order to cultivate more optimal board dynamics.
Listen to Cynthia
In the boardroom we have to ask how we establish value and assist in generating a prosperous board, but how can you lead a team of board directors through the study of corporate governance? We answer this question and discuss the five most important factors in becoming an effective board member with today’s podcast guest, Cynthia Clark.
Also by Cynthia
Business and Society: Ethical, Legal, and Digital Environments prepares readers for the modern workplace by exploring the opportunities and challenges they will face in today's interconnected, global economy. The author team discusses legal and ethical issues throughout and uses real-world cases to provide students with a holistic understanding of stakeholder issues. Chapters on social media and citizen movements, big data and hacking, and privacy in the digital age provide in-depth coverage of how technology is transforming the relationship between organizations and consumers.
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