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Good News for Good Governance in Spain

Pin Arboledas, José Ramón


By reducing the size of their boards and increasing the representation of both women and independent directors, companies are increasingly following the recommendations made by Spain's Good Governance Code for Listed Companies. This is highlighted in the 12th annual report on IBEX 35 shareholders' meetings, produced by IESE and Atrevia.

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Listen to the Non-Experts

Almandoz, John; Tilcsik, András


Does a board always work best with more experts' advice? No, according to research published in the Academy of Management Journal. A study of U.S. community banks found that, when navigating uncharted waters, banks were more likely to fail if their boards were dominated by directors who were experts in banking. In fact, the riskiest decisions may be better handled when non-experts counterbalance the know-it-alls.

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Excessive CEO Pay? Common Shareholders May Be to Blame

Antón, Miguel; Ederer, Florian; Giné, Mireia; Schmalz, Martin C.


Clinton and Trump agree on one issue: today's CEOs make too much money. CEO salaries are ballooning even where business is far from booming. New research by IESE's Miguel Antón and Mireia Giné offers compelling evidence that common ownership deserves some of the blame. Their research also indicates that the bloated-CEO-pay problem will get worse if left unchecked.

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Helping Women Thrive in Your CompanyPremium

Chinchilla, Nuria; Jiménez, Esther


Why are so few women represented in corporate leadership today? This article describes the barriers to progress and suggests some of the key actions that companies can take, not only to attract, cultivate and retain female talent but to create a balanced ecosystem that benefits both men and women.

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Risky Business: Female Executives and the Pay Gap

Giné, Mireia; Carter, Mary Ellen; Franco, Francesca


The gender pay gap is a well-documented phenomenon, even in the rarefied air of corporate boardrooms. In this study, IESE's Mireia Giné analyzes the gap and looks at two possible explanations: women's apparent aversion to taking risks (in the form of stock options) and their underrepresentation on boards. It turns out, both factors matter, with one easier to fix than the other.

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10 Trends for the Board of 2020Premium

Nueno, Pedro


Distilling years of experience on the boards of various companies across multiple industries around the world, the author identifies 10 major trends to watch, as boards of directors aspire to become the vital governance instrument for company management that they were intended to be.

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Risk Oversight: What Every Director Should KnowPremium

Ormazábal, Gaizka


Institutional changes related to risk oversight since the global financial crisis have increased the cost of serving on boards. This article describes how companies are responding to the higher demand for board involvement in risk management, especially as U.S. trends are coming to Europe.

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Women Make Gains on Spanish Boards

Atrevia; ICWF - Centro Internacional Trabajo y Familia


Women's presence on the boards steering Spain's 35 most visible companies has nearly doubled since 2010 -- from 11 to 20 percent. A report by IESE and Atrevia counts the chairs and names the companies where the most women can now be found.

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Meeting the Challenges of an Aging Workforce

García-Lombardía, Pilar; Pin Arboledas, José Ramón


In Spain, 62 percent of companies already have mature workforces, and the forecast calls for older personnel going forward. To manage an aging workforce successfully, this study offers recommendations and examples of good practices for companies in four challenging areas.

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Winds of Change for the Board of Directors

Nueno, Pedro


What will a typical board of directors look like in the future? This is the question inspiring Pedro Nueno's latest book, The 2020 Board, which examines the changing role of boards amid the global financial recovery, accelerating digitalization and systemic changes in the business environment.

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