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How Board Service Providers Can Improve Corporate Governance

 

Despite the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, an army of governance experts and a generation of corporate governance best practices, corporate failures still abound.  

In their book Outsourcing the Board: How Board Service Providers Can Improve Corporate Governance, Professors Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA) and M. Todd Henderson (University of Chicago) offer a revolutionary suggestion: replace boards of individuals who have limited expertise, time and incentive with specialized third party entity expressly formed to provide corporate oversight and the function of a board of directors.

In our Book Discussion webcast, Doug Chia (The Conference Board Governance Center) interviews the authors on their idea, to hear the mechanics of their "board service provider" model (how would a BSP governance team be formed, which skills would be present, etc.), the background of their idea, share how it could improve corporate governance for public companies, and ruminate on the possible legal implications of their proposition.

 

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Speakers

Stephen M. Bainbridge
William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
UCLA School of Law
bainbridge@law.ucla.edu

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Stephen M. Bainbridge

Douglas Chia
President, Soundboard Governance LLC
Senior Fellow, ESG Center
douglas.chia@conferenceboard.org

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Douglas Chia

M. Todd Henderson
Michael J. Marks Professor of Law
University of Chicago Law School
toddh@uchicago.edu

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M. Todd Henderson