Strategic Thinking Blogs

Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.


  1. Three environmental and social issues that can’t be ignored
    Climate risk reporting, board diversity, and sustainability reporting are three issues worth keeping an eye on if the 2017 proxy season is any indication of shareholder sentiment.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2017)

  2. On Governance: Proposed Federal Reserve governance guidance: The pendulum swings back (?)
    In late August, the Federal Reserve proposed changes to its guidance on corporate governance for banking organizations. The proposals suggest a new approach to corporate governance that could extend beyond the banking industry. However, taken as a whole, the proposals strike me as being something of a mixed bag.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2017)

  3. On Governance: Advice on CEO pay ratio rule: Start now!
    If there is one common observation from compensation consultants and securities lawyers regarding the recent SEC CEO pay ratio disclosure rule guidance, it is: be ready to comply before the end of this calendar year.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2017)

  4. Advice to chairs: Create boardroom agility
    Chairs and their fellow directors today are in the crosshairs of activists, proxy advisory firms and major investors. The implications are clear. Board chairs must lead differently.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2017)

  5. How to Make Employment Fair in an Age of Contracting and Temp Work
    Every day, many of us eat at restaurants, stay at hotels, receive packages, and use our digital devices with the assumption that the company we pay for these services — Hilton, Amazon, Apple, etc. — also employs the people who deliver them. This assumption is increasingly incorrect: Our deliveries are often made by contractors and our hotel rooms are cleaned by temporary employees from staffing agencies.
    (Labor Markets Blog, October 2017)

  6. On Governance: Some initial thoughts on ISS’ survey results on CEO pay ratio disclosures
    At first blush, the natural conclusion is that the CEO-to-median employee pay ratio will be a very relevant piece of information for most investors. Those who advocated for this disclosure will no doubt feel vindicated, although many people (including myself) said this exercise would be costly and produce meaningless data.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2017)

  7. On Governance: How the best boards will win in the global marketplace
    Every threat to society and business—social, economic, environmental—is also an opportunity. An opportunity to grow shareholder value. What it takes is a combination of expertise, experience, and imagination for a board of directors to envision the company’s greater value in the global marketplace.
    (The Governance Center Blog, October 2017)

  8. Is now the time to include sustainability metrics in executive incentives?
    With the pressure mounting, is it time for sustainability metrics to make their way into executive incentives? We believe that the answer is, yes, particularly for those companies with the most to gain from sustainability and for those facing the most downside risk.
    (The Governance Center Blog, September 2017)

  9. Moving the circular economy from concept to business strategy and operations
    Evaluation of the circular economy concept is growing across the private sector, governments, non-governmental organizations and universities.  
    (The Governance Center Blog, September 2017)

  10. Inequality Isn’t Just Due to Market Forces — It’s Caused by Decisions the Boss Makes, Too
    In 1980, Jim Baron, now a professor at the Yale School of Management, and William Bielby, now a professor at the University of Illinois, published a seminal article on firms and inequality. In it, the authors, both sociologists, made a compelling argument that, to understand labor market outcomes like inequality, it wasn’t enough to look at the supply and demand for individuals’ skills. We should also look, they argued, at the decisions made by firms.
    (Labor Markets Blog, September 2017)

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