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Corporate Governance Matters


May 26, 2011 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Room 190
Sponsored by the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance.

An evening with Professor David Larcker and co-author Brian Tayan, MBA ’03 to discuss their new book, Corporate Governance Matters: A Closer Look at Organizational Choices and Their Consequences.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
5:30 PM - Reception
6:00 PM - Lecture
Stanford Law School, Room 190

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please click here to RSVP.

Check out an excerpt of the book online here

Books will be available for sale at the event

About the Event: In recent years there has been significant news coverage of corporate fraud, accounting scandals, insider trading, excessive compensation, and other types of organizational lawsuits, resignations, and bankruptcy. Many of these reports suggest that companies’ failures are a result of a “breakdown in corporate governance.” In this economic climate, companies cannot afford scandals like that of Enron, American International Group, and Tyco to be played out in the media. To prevent abuse of executive power and promote organization-wide stability, leaders turn to corporate governance.

What is corporate governance? And how can it be used to make decisions in an organization’s best interest? Using the most current research and case studies, leading experts Professor David Larcker and research associate Brian Tayan will answer some of these questions from their new book. They will discuss some of the critical aspects needed to implement and sustain superior corporate governance—including compensation, CEO labor markets, board structure, succession, risk, international governance, reporting, audit, institutional and activist investors, and governance ratings.

About the Authors: David Larcker is James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University; Director of the Corporate Governance Research Program; Senior Faculty, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance. David’s research focuses on executive compensation, corporate governance, and managerial accounting. He has published many research papers and is frequently quoted in both the popular and business press. He received his BS and MS in engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and his PhD in business from the University of Kansas. He previously was on the faculty of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Larcker presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds.

Brian Tayan is a member of the Corporate Governance Research Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has written broadly on the subject of corporate governance, including case studies and other materials on boards of directors, succession planning, executive compensation, financial accounting, and shareholder relations. Previously, Brian worked as a financial analyst at Stanford University’s Office of the CEO and as an investment associate at UBS Private Wealth Management. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA from Princeton University.