Corporate Governance and Risk: A Systems Approach by John C. Shaw

By John C. Shaw

Decision-making and company governance have continuously been vital services in an organization, yet by no means extra so than within the present post-Enron/Andersen company surroundings. This e-book acts as a framework for company officials and senior-level executives who have to remodel their very own decision-making, hazard, and governance tactics. The techniques were effectively confirmed in a few top businesses, whose case stories are integrated within the book.
Offers brand new assurance of an more and more vital subject, bringing up a confirmed process that attracts from best businesses and gives a composite of what to not do in keeping with businesses like Anderson and Enron.
Author very energetic in convention circles, addressing millions in occasions.

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However, notwithstanding all of the research and financial resources devoted to risk, there is no complete body of knowledge that defines risk, except in the narrowest sense. There is no body of knowledge that describes the management of risk in terms one could point to as workable. The 17-year journey has reached a point at which I feel that I have learned enough to go public with a framework for thinking about governance and risk as well as a workable process for implementation. qxd 6/30/03 9:27 AM Page 4 4 ESTABLISHING A PERSPECTIVE that the frameworks and processes for thinking about governance and risk are sufficiently grounded in both the physical and social sciences that they may be trusted to produce promised outcomes, that is, an explanation of why things work or don’t work as we think they should.

By doing this, it also provides the structure through which the company objectives are set, and the means of attaining those objectives and monitoring performance. qxd 6/30/03 9:27 AM Page 24 24 ESTABLISHING A PERSPECTIVE My interviews and seminars provided little further enlightenment on governance. Such ideas as responsibility or serving the interests of shareholders were mentioned but little discussion took place around responsibility for what, or how such responsibility might be carried out.

The chapter endnotes sections identify those readings that I found particularly useful. This book is heavily grounded in the research that I conducted on my own as well as with my colleagues at Deloitte & Touche LLP. In the interest of ease of readability, I chose not to insert references in the main body of the text in the form of quotations and footnotes. Rather, I took the liberty of interpreting and applying the research and references as examples, illustrations, or cases. Throughout my journey of discovery, I was continuously reminded of the client’s near failure related earlier as well as a deep desire to try to understand why things happen or don’t happen the way they should.

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