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Issues: Managing Corporations for Long-term Prosperity

Related Research and Writings

Short-Termism and Public Trust: Report from the Millstein Center General Counsel Summit
May 2017 | Conference Key Notes

This summary of the General Counsel Corporate Governance Summit hosted by the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School in collaboration with The Conference Board Governance Center includes highlights of discussions on short-termism and the role of boards of directors and general counsel. In addition to the comments made by panelists, there is an appendix of related material.

Tackling Economic Inequality, Boosting Opportunity
April 2016 | Report

The recommendations outlined in this report reflect a consensus achieved through respectful dialogue among CED Members, who began from diverse perspectives reflecting every corner of the business community. All suggested reforms – spanning health care to taxation to higher education – stem from our belief that the greatest potential to lessen inequality comes through creating equality of opportunity. We provide a framework for driving long- and short-term change in the private sector and at every level of government.

Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business?
October 2015 | Key Business Issues
A focus on short-term performance may come at the expense of sustainable value creation. Business leaders need to examine whether current governance structures are jeopardizing long-term performance and consider making adjustments.

Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business? (CLO Strategic Implications)
October 2015 | Key Business Issues
By looking at governance structures through the lens of sustainable value creation, chief legal officers can support an optimal balance between delivering performance today and investing for tomorrow.

Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business? (CHRO Strategic Implications)
October 2015 | Key Business Issues
CHROs can partner with CFOs to ensure that stock buybacks to offset dilution are part of a capital allocation plan that also takes into account investments in people, facilities, and strategic growth projects.

Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business? (CFO Strategic Implications)
October 2015 | Key Business Issues
CFOs can help their organizations develop a plan that balances long-term value creation and short-term fiscal concerns. One way is to ensure the company is effectively communicating its long-term strategy and performance to stakeholders.

Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business? (CEO Strategic Implications)
October 2015 | Key Business Issues
A focus on short-term performance may come at the expense of sustainable value creation. Business leaders need to examine whether current governance structures are jeopardizing long-term performance and consider making adjustments.

Crony Capitalism: Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government
October 2015 | Report
This report focuses on the growing public perception of a crony form of capitalism in America, and discusses the three interconnected trends that we believe are primarily responsible for distorting our economic system: a rise in the size and scope of government, campaign costs, and lobbying. The report also highlights the numerous ways in which government-private sector transactions have reduced economic efficiency at the expense of the public interest. The final section explores solutions that would curb the power of vested interests and restore the market-driven motivation of American free enterprise that has served the country so well over its storied history.

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