Business Elites and Corporate Governance in France and the by Mairi Maclean, Charles Harvey, Jon Press

By Mairi Maclean, Charles Harvey, Jon Press

Company Elites and company Governance in France and the united kingdom is a cross-national research of commercial elites and company governance in France and the united kingdom. It examines company governance from a comparative viewpoint and appears underneath the outside on the workout of energy and authority in particular nationwide enterprise platforms. It explores key concerns touching on company elites, their networks, recruitment and copy. It goals to make clear the mechanisms that govern the steadiness and regeneration of commercial elites opposed to the backdrop of an more and more international financial system.

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Shareholders have the right to vote on directors' pay, and they are increasingly using it, as companies such as Royal & Sun Alliance. ' 2 Matters reached a head in May 2003 at the AGM of GlaxoSmithKline, the world's second largest drugs company (the product of a mega-merger between Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham)/ Here, the company suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of investors, who successfully foiled a resolution by the board to award CEO Jean-Pierre Gamier a massive $24 million (£15 million) payout in the event of his losing his job/ A 'golden parachute' of such magnitude would be reward for failure on an unprecedented scale.

They may be moving dynamically into new markets, but there is a sense of confidence that top management has made the right choices. As Collins and Porras demonstrate in Built to Last, they are focused and have continuity of purpose. This in turn enables them to inspire the confidence of shareholders and other stakeholders and to develop a positive reputation, which in itself is a major trading strength and source of stability. A number of companies in our sample had all these characteristics at the beginning of our study period but had lost them by the end, demonstrating in the process that the actions of business elites have a significance fully equivalent to those of more prominent political elites.

The chapter includes a discussion of the critical role played by the state, which particularly in France acts as a lynchpin, and shows how power is exercised, channelled and constrained in both countries. Chapter 7 broadens the discussion to examine national business systems and corporate governance against the backdrop of the global economy. The concluding chapter reviews and reconsiders the main arguments and issues raised in the book, and aims to provide a challenging and definitive interpretation of the different ways in which power and authority are exercised across business and political networks in France and the UK.

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