The Handbook of Board Governance

The Handbook of Board Governance

A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private, and Not-For-Profit Board Members

New Jersey: Wiley, 2016

This book provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. Written by collaboration among subject matter experts, this book combines academic rigor and practitioner experience to provide thorough guidance and deep insight. From diversity, effectiveness, and responsibilities, to compensation, succession planning, and financial literacy, the topics are at once broad-ranging and highly relevant to current and aspiring directors. 

The coverage applies to governance at public companies, private and small or medium companies, state-owned enterprises, family owned organizations, and more, to ensure complete and clear guidance on a diverse range of issues. An all-star contributor list including Ram Charan, Bob Monks, Nell Minow, and Mark Nadler, among others, gives you the insight of thought leaders in the areas relevant to your organization.

Adam J. Epstein contributed Chapter 36, entitled, “Systemically Overlooked Anomalies of Governing Small-Cap Companies.”

—Christianna Wood, Chairman, Global Reporting Initiative; Institutional Investor; Nonexecutive Director; and Former Chair, International Corporate Governance Network

“The board of directors sits at the center of the governance framework in a wide range of organizations. This new handbook will be an invaluable reference for both board members and academics seeking to deepen their understanding of boardroom functioning. The breadth and depth of the volume’s coverage is both impressive and indicative of the challenges and risks faced by the modern director.”

—Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman, Institute of Directors

The Handbook of Board Governance is the most comprehensive and up-to-date document on the range and complexity of tasks today’s boards are expected to perform. This is a must-read for every director serving on boards today and the ones who aspire to do so in the future. Dr. Leblanc is to be complimented for undertaking this challenge and doing an outstanding job of pulling together in one place the views of practitioners and thought leaders on this important topic.”

—Raj L Gupta, Chairman, Delphi Automotive PLC; Executive Chair, Avantor Materials Inc; Board Member HP, The Vanguard Group, IRI, and Tyco International

“Professor Leblanc has put together a very impressive array of authors for this Handbook, including Michael Useem, Dennis Carey, and Ram Charan, among many others. The field of governance is constantly changing, and wise directors should keep abreast of changes and their responsibilities. This Handbook is highly recommended to directors who wish to do that!”

—John A. Krol, Former CEO of DuPont; Former Chairman of Delphi Automotive, Dupont and Pacolet Milliken; Former Lead Director of MeadWestvaco and Tyco International; Former Director of Ace Insurance, Armstrong Flooring, JPMorgan, and Milliken Company; and Former Director of Bechtel Corp., and Teijen Ltd. Advisory Boards

“A board of directors consists of a group of individuals having differing backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. That diversity brings challenges and opportunities. This comprehensive handbook provides the framework to help board practitioners identify those challenges and transform them into opportunities. Filled with cutting-edge insights from many of today’s leading experts, Dr. Leblanc’s collection is a must have for anyone working in the corporate governance arena.”

—James E. Nevels, Lead Independent Director, The Hershey Company

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