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The Board Book: An Insider's Guide for Directors and Trustees

William G. Bowen



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WW Norton & Co
09 April 2012
Boards & directors: role & responsibilities
A must-have for first-time and experienced board members alike, who will benefit from William G. Bowen's decades of experience.

Former Mellon Foundation and Princeton University president William G. Bowen has served on the boards of some of the United States's biggest corporations and nonprofits, including American Express, Merck, the Smithsonian, and TIAA-CREF. In The Board Book he brings his immense experience, along with the recollections and insights of numerous colleagues, to bear on the most pressing questions facing boards of directors and trustees today. His topics include the hot-button issues of the relationship between CEOs and board members, perks, executive compensation, and CEO transitions. In addition, Bowen offers advice on the machinery required to run a board effectively, including the uses of committees and executive sessions, the handling of leaks, and the recruitment of new board members. Throughout, Bowen relates, with anecdotes and hard data, strategies that result in the collegiality and sense of purpose that make any board more effective.
By:   William G. Bowen
Imprint:   WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   234g
ISBN:   9780393342895
ISBN 10:   0393342891
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   09 April 2012
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William G. Bowen (1933-2016) was an influential educator and the author of more than twenty books, including Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President, The Shape of the River, and Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education.

Reviews for The Board Book: An Insider's Guide for Directors and Trustees

Provocative and pragmatic . . . filled with wise counsel even for those already a CEO or member of a board. -- Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Drawing on thirty years of experience with both for-profit and non-profit boards, it offers insights on ideal relationships between presidential and board members. Any business library needs this. -- Midwest Book Review He minces no words . . . a compelling and critical read for wannabe directors-and for every student of corporate affairs. -- Booklist

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