Chairing the Board: A Practical Guide to Activities and Responsibilities

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Kogan Page Publishers, 2007 - Business & Economics - 226 pages

Chairing a board competently is a proactive undertaking, and the range of activities and responsibilities that a chairman must perform is huge. There are many issues to be considered and skills to be mastered.

Drawing on contributions from chairmen from both the commercial and non-commercial sectors, this book covers every possible topic including: the board's proper role, focusing on strategic issues, monitoring the enterprise, shareholders and stakeholders, board composition, managing the board's business, managing board relationships, and assessing and improving effectiveness. Fully revised and updated, this new edition is required reading for anyone chairing a board who wants to examine the range of their activities, and achieve improved levels of competence in the role.


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The boards proper role
Decision making
Monitoring the enterprise
Shareholders stakeholders and other concerns
Board composition
Managing the boards business
Managing board relationships
Assessing and improving effectiveness
Legal duties liabilities and good practice
Corporate governance issues and the Combined

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John Harper is an accomplished company director, having sat on the boards of some 30 companies in the roles of chairman, chief executive, executive director, and non-executive director. He is also an experienced course tutor at the Institute of Directors (IoD), where he leads courses on the roles of chairman, non-executive director, company director and on good board practice. He has helped hundreds of company chairmen and directors develop their roles and responsibilities

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