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Governance/Compliance

After Ballmer, What?

Since he announced his intention to step down as CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer has triggered a world wide betting game as to who will succeed him. Microsoft’s board has appointed a special committee to help decide if the next chief executive will be an insider like Julie Larson-Green, or the prodigal Stephen Elop of Nokia. (Ladbrokes, the London betting agents give Elop a 5 to 1 advantage.) But the central issue of concern is what the company needs to do to transform since it lost its dominate position in computing. Microsoft once ruled the tech world. Now it’s one player among many. Will the new CEO have his or her options foreclosed?

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Navigating Governance Options in a Private Company

Improved operating performance, advance intelligence on emerging trends, higher valuation, right tone at the top, and expansion into new products and services are typical goals for privately held companies. Well defined governance oversight from private company directors can assist business owners reach these goals.

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The Hidden Impact of Delayed ACA Health Penalties on Business

Conceding, in effect, implementation problems with the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is delaying enforcement of a key provision of the new health-care law that requires large employers to provide coverage for workers or pay a penalty in 2014, the biggest revision so far to the federal health-care overhaul. The knock-on effects for business may prove significant.

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Why Unions Are Shrinking

According to recently released 2012 Department of Labor data the rate of unionization -- the percentage of American workers belonging to unions -- declined faster under President Obama’s first term than during two terms of President George W. Bush. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, argues that the President’s own anti-business policies are largely to blame. This is not as counterintuitive as it sounds.

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In Defense of Which CEOs?

“Chauffer-driven limousines, millions in stock options, golden parachutes. It’s no wonder bosses’ pay and perks can rankle,” write Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan of The Wall Street Journal. The writers argue that “many CEOs are overpaid—or even paid for incompetence, but you can only appreciate good performance once you understand what a leader does.” But is this a balanced understanding of where CEOs are in terms of the reality on the ground?

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Six Ways to Boost the ROI of Your Strategic Alliance

Since the 1990s, numerous studies have shown that 40% to 60% of strategic alliances do not meet CEO and senior executives’ expectations, despite the widespread sharing of best practices for leading and managing them. Nonetheless, with strategic alliances growing in number, impact, and financial importance for companies of all sizes and industries, it’s critical to understand and resolve this paradox. ...

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