Pay can sometimes seem to reward failure

Stephen Hester

Hester is in line for £8.5m payout despite not turning round RSA

China hardly ideal model for markets

Arguably the most worrying example of misleading pricing is in the country’s equity markets

Lear jet on tarmac

Scandinavians claim the moral high ground

Flights of fancy are brought to earth quickly while UK and US executives cling grimly to their jobs

Acquisitions race could lead to risky buys

Shire and ValueAct acted swiftly to pursue their targets

Reality bites for European banks

The pitfalls of long-held global ambitions are becoming clearer

©Charlie Bibby

Cautionary tale amid Receptos frenzy

Who can forget News Corp’s spectacularly bad purchase of MySpace?

Hamp case threatens Japan diversity push

Toyota executive’s treatment illustrates problems faced by expats

Nuts and bolts of robot-human relations

In many ways robots have helped make the workplace safer, and statistics bear this out

Ride the wave of public opinion with care

Bend over too far to back a cause and you might come a cropper

Investors work up sweat in wearables race

Mad rush for Fitbit shares highlights lack of access to private fundraising rounds

King Murdoch divides his realm

Fox mogul may not know his Shakespeare but at least is trying to set up an orderly transition

Activists’ neat Twist on investor rights

By demanding more from Samsung, Elliott takes on cozy culture

Bad sign when media pay outstrips bankers’

Big awards are becoming common among communications companies, and not just as part of a deal

Lightning action is best to scare banks

Making fines more predictable would make them easier to plan for as a cost of doing business

Stakes high as Walmart takes on Amazon

Battle between retail giants will almost certainly hurt other online rivals

Goldberg stood for tech’s nurturing side

SurveyMonkey chief was talented, unpretentious and meritocratic

Exchanges need self-regulatory balance

The Sarao case highlights problems facing US organisations

HSBC’s talk of moving HQ sounds familiar

Bank tends to get restive whenever it is unhappy with tax or regulatory changes

Investors right to question megamergers

Historically mergers and acquisitions have been value destroying

French courts end up funding banks

Regulators potentially reward lenders they suspect of wrongdoing


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