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  Women Gain Ground on the Boards of Directors of Both Family and Non-family Businesses in Spain

Tàpies, Josep; Marchal, Marc In a little more than a decade, women have gained considerable ground on the boards of directors of listed Spanish companies. So how does this progress compare for family and non-family businesses? A recent trend may surprise you. Read article

  How "Family First" Works Out for All Shareholders

Martin, Geoffrey; Gómez-Mejía, Luis R.; Berrone, Pascual; Makri, Marianna Family firms tend to get a bad rap from non-family shareholders. Many pro-family decisions are thought to run against minority shareholders' interests, creating contentious boards. But research co-authored by IESE's Pascual Berrone paints a different picture, one in which "family-first" often means pursuing long-term goals that benefit all. Read article

  Bumping Up Against a Glass Ceiling on Spanish Boards

Atrevia; ICWF - Centro Internacional Trabajo y Familia Cellnex Telecom was the only public company tracked by Spain's benchmark IBEX-35 index that had no female directors as of February 2017. Although Cellnex has announced plans to rectify this, achieving gender diversity on Spain's boards has been slow -- with female representation climbing only a token 1.1 percent last year. Read article

  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. Read article

  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. Read article

  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. Read article

  Helping Women Thrive in Your Company Premium

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. Read article

  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. Read article

  10 Trends for the Board of 2020 Premium

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. Read article

  Risk Oversight: What Every Director Should Know Premium

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. Read article
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