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Directors accountability for failures in employment conditions and practices

Recent controversies about the alleged abuse of the positions of power by individuals in the arts and political world have received extensive media attention with associated demands for change (Clarke 2017; Mackin & Gallagher 2017; Staunton 2017).   It is thus appropriate to consider, in general, the Directors and Boards responsibility to employees who experience harassment … Continue reading

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Managerial Hegemony – an under-researched phenomena

Agency Theory is the dominant theory underpinning corporate governance. The theory arises from economic theory and states that the separation of management from control in firms creates agency issues due to the conflicts of interest between owners(principals) and managers(agents) who are assumed to pursue self-interest (Fama & Jensen 1983; Eisenhardt 1989).  This relationship enables information … Continue reading

boards / corporate governance / women

New EU Rules on disclosure of Board Diversity

New EU rules are requiring additional non-financial disclosures to be included in the annual reports of larger listed companies (European Union Regulations 2017).  A Diversity Report is to be included in the corporate governance statements which will include information on the age, gender or educational and professional backgrounds of the board’s directors. In addition, the … Continue reading

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The Boards Role in appointing the CEO, the case of Horse Racing Ireland

The coverage of the re-appointment of the existing CEO of Horse Racing Ireland(HRI) and the boards involvement in that decision highlights a key board role, that is, the boards control role (O’Conor 2017). The board of directors  has three key roles: control, strategy and service  (Zahra & Pearce 1989). The boards control role derives from … Continue reading

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The importance of the Board Chairperson in non-profits

The recent coverage of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association management crisis raises many governance questions (RTE 2017).  Part of the crisis concerns a dispute as to who is the valid chairperson with two potential candidates.  So how important is this issue, that is how important is the chairperson? And does it matter who is chairperson … Continue reading

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GLEN: Good governance protects your most important asset, your reputation

Evidence of poor financial monitoring, managerial hegemony and overall failures of governance have brought “an abrupt and inglorious end to the story of an organisation which was instrumental in driving arguably the biggest social, legal and cultural change this generation has seen” (Linehan 2017). In 1988 homosexuality between consenting adults was a criminal offence and … Continue reading