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    1. February 27, 2015

      When is a company too big to manage?

      “Can I know what every one of 257,000 people is doing? Clearly I can’t.” When HSBC’s chief executive Stuart Gulliver claimed...

    2. February 26, 2015

      In a Blink: Women are making their presence felt on FTSE100 boards

    1. February 26, 2015

      In praise of the public intervention

      “Don’t vote! The government will get in” runs an old gag, one that would probably provoke a hollow laugh of recognition in...

    2. February 23, 2015

      HSBC and the problem of managing mega banks

      One of the paradoxes of the banking business is that taxpayers indulge size by rewarding it with an implicit subsidy. Yet...

    3. February 22, 2015

      ‘Protectionist’ French law alarms investors

      A group of large investors has written to France’s biggest companies asking them to opt out of a controversial new...

    4. February 18, 2015

      An activist raid forces new logic on Fanuc robot factory

      On a wall in Fanuc’s secretive research laboratory at the foot of Mount Fuji is a clock set to run 10-times faster than...

    5. February 17, 2015

      AstraZeneca lines up pharma critic for board

      AstraZeneca has nominated to its board a US scientist who has tweeted strongly critical views of the pharmaceuticals...

    6. February 16, 2015

      UK watchdog to tackle HSBC on standards

      HSBC is facing searching questions from regulators over the quality of its internal checks and culture after the Financial...

    7. February 16, 2015

      Pity Japan as it emerges from its third recession

      Those worrying about poor growth in the west should pity Japan: it has just emerged from its third recession since the...

    8. February 16, 2015

      We are all victims now

      We live in the age of victimhood. Wherever you look there is someone with a grievance. The richer and more powerful they...

    9. February 16, 2015

      Lord Browne to head Huawei’s UK board

      Huawei has recruited former BP chief executive Lord Browne to head a UK board of directors that will oversee British...

    10. February 15, 2015

      It is better to fire a wrong hire as fast as you can

      Ten days ago, a hitherto unknown Texan teenager by the name of Cella tapped out a tweet that read “Ew, I start this f a**...

    11. February 11, 2015

      The best chairmen have cool heads

      “If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs,” a wise colleague once told me, “you’ve probably failed to...

    12. February 11, 2015

      Leaders: is it better to breed your own?

      In January, Dalton Philips, chief executive of supermarket Wm Morrison, was ousted after five years in the role. The move...

    13. February 9, 2015

      Travails of HSBC are a microcosm of problems in banking

      It was the summer of 2007 and I wanted to open a bank account. Passport and utility bill in hand, I went to my local HSBC...

    14. February 5, 2015

      Chiefs fight shy of staff salary comparison

      We know how much money the chief executives of listed companies make, but we do not know how much more they earn than their...

    15. February 5, 2015

      Take inspiration from new British chief of McDonald’s

      “Being a McDonald’s employee can be the launching pad to a wide variety of opportunities”. So reads the fast-food chain’s...

    16. February 1, 2015

      For markets there is such a thing as too much information

      Two very different companies made significant announcements last week. National Grid, the UK utility company, said it would...

    17. February 1, 2015

      Cable calls on companies to limit pay rises for chief executives

      Vince Cable is to call on companies to set pay policies that more explicitly limit base salary increases for chief...

    18. January 28, 2015

      Sweden’s Wallenberg family shake up Investor

      Sweden’s Wallenberg family is shaking up the management and structure of its main investment vehicle, only days after its...

    19. January 25, 2015

      Oracle shareholders turn up pressure on Ellison

      Larry Ellison, one of the US’s highest paid executives and co-founder of the Oracle software company, has come under renewed...

    20. January 25, 2015

      Technology does not possess a divine right

      The technology industry likes to regard itself as the future while governments and rival industries remain stuck in the...

    21. January 19, 2015

      Société Générale splits chairman and chief’s roles

      Société Générale has split the roles of chairman and chief executive as required by European law, appointing the Italian...

    22. January 18, 2015

      UK companies do little to prove their ethics

      The vast majority of the UK’s largest listed companies assert that they are ethical, but do not include in their annual...

    23. January 18, 2015

      ‘Refreshment’ is the new boardroom buzzword

      Until recently, the discussion around corporate governance centred largely on board diversity. This appeared to refer mostly...

    24. January 16, 2015

      Can investors judge chief executives’ performance?

      When Serco announced the appointment of Rupert Soames as chief executive last February, shares in the outsourcer rose by...

    25. January 16, 2015

      Auditors: Shopping around

      Twenty years together is a long commitment to walk away from. Nearly 60 per cent of British marriages last that long. But...

    26. January 14, 2015

      Wanted: world-savvy board directors

      Companies may talk a global game but what do their boards look like? Are they a monocultural club? Do directors have mainly...

    27. January 14, 2015

      Golden parachutes are lead balloon for investors

      He may lose his job as TRW Automotive chief executive, but John Plant will still have reason to cheer if Germany’s ZF...

    28. January 13, 2015

      Hyundai: whose business is it anyway?

      One of Hong Kong’s family-controlled business empires — Li Ka-shing’s — has just been simplified. Its main constituent...

    29. January 13, 2015

      Quotas boost women’s share of board seats

      Boardroom gender quotas and targets are having a measurable impact on the share of board seats held by women around the...

    30. January 12, 2015

      Quindell under fire over new appointments

      Quindell’s corporate governance has come under renewed fire after the former stock market darling granted more than £25m in...

    31. January 7, 2015

      Seven lessons in management I learnt over the last decade

      This week I return, gratefully, to full-time writing after spending most of the past 10 years running Financial Times...

    32. January 5, 2015

      Executive pay: hand over the cash

      Dieting. Running in the cold. Booking summer holidays even though your bank account has not recovered from Christmas....

    33. January 5, 2015

      Start strong or end strong? The public speaker’s dilemma

      It is the turning of the year, so let us think about endings and beginnings. How should an argument be structured?...

    34. January 5, 2015

      Germany overtakes UK in corporate executive pay stakes

      Germany has overtaken the UK as the home of Europe’s top-paid corporate executives in a shift that partly reflects public...

    35. January 4, 2015

      More scrutiny needed of retail forex trading platforms

      The focus of most regulators in Europe and the US since the financial crisis has been on tightening the rules in...

    36. December 30, 2014

      New year honours: Governance pioneer made a Companion of Honour

      Sir Adrian Cadbury has been a pioneer for corporate governance reform for more than 20 years, but has been made a Companion...

    37. December 29, 2014

      Tips on career rebounds for French socialists and CEOs alike

      Teaching at France’s Insead business school, I’ve had a ringside seat this term for an intriguing career U-turn. One of my...

    38. December 28, 2014

      Long-serving non-executives are on the wane in the UK

      The UK’s biggest public companies are increasingly ready to say goodbye to long-serving directors. The number of non-execs...

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