Out of the Shadows and Setting the Cultural Tone: The Board’s Role in Relation to Organisational Culture

As the (virtual) ink dries on this (virtual) paper, there is shared Australian community outrage at the excessive, extensive and seemingly endemic bad conduct by employees of the major banks and finance houses.  However, whilst loss of community confidence in institutions was once seen as the domain of large corporations, loss of community confidence in not-for-profit organisations and institutions is at an all-time high in Australia.

The Long Shadow of Conflicts of Interest

Poorly managed conflicts of interest in the boardroom can cast long shadows. They can inflict lasting damage on the dynamic and operation of the board. For as long as boards are made up of people they are likely to continue to be one of the most common sources of boardroom tension and yet are still amongst the least well understood.

Deciding What to Decide: Is Your Board Adding (or Subtracting) Value?

When it comes to many such decisions confronting boards today, too often the board feels at sea. Too much technical information and too little familiarity around the board table with the concepts concerned can result in the board not only failing to add value but instead subtracting value.

Audited Financial Sign-off Season: ’tis the Season to be Jolly (Overwhelmed)!

You may be amongst the many company directors mired in dozens, hundreds (perhaps thousands depending on the size and complexity of the company) of pages associated with the – always festive – end of financial year sign‑off season.

Board as ‘Agent’ for the Owners (or are they??)

‘Agency theory’ is an economic theory that drives a whole lot of thinking about
corporations today.

Why Boardisruption?

Welcome to Boardisruption – Most revolutions start – and succeed – because of a fairly simple unifying idea that is held by enough people and for long enough to change the status quo.

The Boardroom Heatwave: Recent developments, implications and changes following court decisions

This paper seeks to explore a number of corporate cases and their impact on the law applicable to, and therefore the practice of, directorship in boardrooms across Australia. This paper does not…

Privacy Act Amendments to affect Federal Government Agencies the most

In November 2012, the Australian Parliament passed the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (‘Amendment Act’) to amend the Privacy Act 1988 (‘Privacy Act’).

Charities Act has commenced

As of the 1 January 2014 the Charities Act 2013 (Cth) has now commenced

Diversity, Tenure and Board Refreshment

Diversity feels a bit like the ‘topic du jour’. Yet why is it so narrowly conceived?