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Stanford Closer Look Series

The Stanford Closer Look series is a collection of short studies through which we explore topics, issues, and controversies in corporate governance. In each study, we take a targeted look at a specific issue and explain why it is important.

Closer Look Series

Does the Composition of a Company’s Shareholder Base Really Matter?

Lululemon: A Sheer Debacle in Risk Management

Josh Hardy and the #SaveJosh Army: How Corporate Risk Escalates and Accelerates through Social Media

Seven Myths of CEO Succession

Corporate Governance According to Charles T. Munger

Follow the Money: Compensation, Risk, and the Financial Crisis

The Handpicked CEO Successor

And Then a Miracle Happens!: How Do Proxy Advisory Firms Develop Their Voting Recommendations?

Pioneering Women on Boards: Pathways of the First Female Directors

Risk Management Breakdown at AXA Rosenberg: The Curious Case of a Quant Manager Trusted Too Much

Separation Anxiety: The Impact of CEO Divorce on Shareholders

Sneak Preview: How ISS Dictates Equity Plan Design

Trust: The Unwritten Contract in Corporate Governance

Where Experts Get It Wrong: Independence vs. Leadership in Corporate Governance

Fixed or Contingent: How Should "Governance Monitors" Be Paid?

Is a Powerful CEO Good or Bad for Shareholders?

Monitoring Risks Before They Go Viral: Is it Time for the Board to Embrace Social Media?

Shareholder Lawsuits: Where Is the Line Between Legitimate and Frivolous?

Sudden Death of a CEO: Are Companies Prepared When Lightning Strikes?

Ten Myths of “Say on Pay”

Union Activism: Do Union Pension Funds Act Solely in the Interest of Beneficiaries?

What Is CEO Talent Worth?

Seven Myths of Executive Compensation

Seven Myths of Corporate Governance

Are Current CEOs The Best Board Members?

CEO Health Disclosure at Apple: A Public or Private Matter?

Do ISS Voting Recommendations Create Shareholder Value?

Leadership Challenges at Hewlett-Packard: Through the Looking Glass

Scarlet Letter: Are the CEOs and Directors of Failed Companies "Tainted"?

Tesla Motors: The Evolution of Governance from Inception to IPO

The NCAA Adopts "Dodd-Frank": A Fable

The Resignation of David Sokol: Mountain or Molehill for Berkshire Hathaway

What Does It Mean for an Executive to Make A Million?

A Historical Look at Compensation and Disclosure: Cool and Refreshing!

Berkshire Hathway: The Role of Trust in Governance

CEO Succession Planning: Who's Behind Door Number One?

Director Networks: Good for the Director, Good for Shareholders

Financial Manipulation: Words Don't Lie

Institutional Shareholder Services: The Uninvited Guest at the Equity Table

Lehman Brothers: Peeking under the Board Facade

Pledge (and Hedge) Allegiance to the Company

Pro Forma Earnings: What's Wrong with GAAP?

Proxy Access: A Sheep, or Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Sensitivity of CEO Wealth to Stock Price: A New Tool for Assessing Pay for Performance