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.

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David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, October
2019

A reliable system of corporate governance is considered to be an important requirement for the long-term success of a company. Unfortunately, after decades of research, we still do not have...

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan, Vinay Trivedi, Owen Wurzbacher
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, July
2019

Currently, there is much debate about the role that non-investor stakeholder interests play in the governance of public companies. Critics argue that greater attention should be paid to the interest...

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Brandon Boze, Margarita Krivitski, David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan, Eva Zlotnicka
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, May
2019

Recently, there has been debate among corporate managers, board of directors, and institutional investors around how best to incorporate ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors into strategic and investment decision-making...

Courtney Hamilton, David F. Larcker, Stephen A. Miles, Brian Tayan
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, February
2019

Two decades ago, McKinsey advanced the idea that large U.S. companies are engaged in a “war for talent” and that to remain competitive they need to make a strategic effort...

Brian Tayan
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, January
2019

In this Closer Look, we examine the tensions between corporate culture, financial incentives, and employee conduct as illustrated by the Wells Fargo cross-selling scandal. In 2016, Wells Fargo admitted that...

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, December
2018

Companies are required to have a reliable system of corporate governance in place at the time of IPO in order to protect the interests of public company investors and stakeholders....

David F. Larcker, Stephen A. Miles, Brian Tayan, Kim Wright-Violich
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, November
2018

CEO activism — the practice of CEOs taking public positions on environmental, social, and political issues not directly related to their business — has become a hotly debated topic in...

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan, Edward Watts
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, September
2018

Companies in the United States are staying private longer, and this trend has important implications for companies and their employees. Employees holding equity awards in private companies are restricted from...

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, May
2018

The hallmark of good corporate governance is an independent board of directors to oversee management. However, it is not clear that independent directors receive the information they need to make...

James R. Copland, David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, May
2018

Proxy advisory firms have significant influence over the voting decisions of institutional investors and the governance choices of publicly traded companies. However, it is not clear that the recommendations of...