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Australian banks improved their efficiency after the introduction in 2003 of the ASX Principles of Good Corporate Governance, which aimed for improved governance mechanisms and thus better control over bank management. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Good corporate governance is good for banks’ bottom line

Good corporate governance is good for efficiency and profit in banks. But having independent board members and the number of board meetings don't play a role, research shows.
Research has found when super funds share the same directors, fund performance can suffer. Image sourced from

Super connected directors not helping super fund performance

Super funds are being asked to improve board governance, and their starting point should be to consider stamping out multiple directorships.
Research dispels the myth that if Lehman Brothers had been “Lehman Sisters” it would not have collapsed. AAP

Risky business: why we shouldn’t stereotype female board directors

There is a popular notion abroad that women are not risk takers and their mere presence on a bank board will reduce risky strategies and behaviours. Over the past years there has been an increasing trend…
Australian women on ASX200 boards often have strong backgrounds in law, finance, accounting and investment banking.

Why women should not use the non-profit sector to reach corporate boardrooms

Australia is one of the worst performers in board gender diversity. In an attempt to combat this, women have been encouraged to head to the not-for-profit sector to gain board experience as a stepping…
Board members don’t always have all the answers. Richard Rutter/Flickr

Wise counsel or passing the buck? The role of board advisers

Many employees and investors in large companies believe organisational leaders overuse consultants. Witness the latest broadside at the embattled David Jones board, accused of appointing advisers to take…
Bolstering services such as childcare will allow women to remain in the workforce and pursue ambitious career paths.

To reach the board, women need support to stay in the workforce

It’s accepted across the globe that women are under-represented in business leadership positions and that something should be done about it. To date, the focus has been on increasing the number of women…
There may be no causal correlation between a board’s gender diversity and firm performance, but greater female participation does have its benefits. Image from

Sorry, but there’s no business case for gender quotas

There’s support across the globe for increased female participation at leadership levels. In Norway, it’s a legislative requirement that at least 40% of the board members of listed companies are women…
A lack of questioning following a management or committee report would appear to be an important marker for boards. AAP

Why the simple act of asking is every director’s responsibility

Boards of directors are, under most legal regimes, the ultimate decision-making body in corporations. Yet, as researchers, we know surprisingly little about what they do and how they operate. With a handful…

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