Board Governance : A revised Swiss-European Perspective

Item Type Book Section
Abstract Over the last two decades, the interest in research on the quality of board work has grown significantly. Associated with that increase is the extensive public discourse on the actual contribution of boards to their respective stakeholders. The present book chapter provides for a revised Swiss-European perspective on board governance by disclosing that variety rather than unity meets international standards. The diverseness of board structures across Europe, along with a variable selection of underlying board theories, inter alia impede the provision of universally valid board data. As a result, the gap between perceptions of board performance remains substantial. A throughout comparison of the variation of diverse board systems along with an integral understanding of underlying board theories, however, are 'sine qua non' to an ameliorated understanding of the current governance transformation. It is argued that board work should be revalued on actual verification rather than on general preconceptions. Ordinary compliance in line with legal and regulatory requirements are no longer sufficient for boards to meet the varying expectations. Benchmark opportunities might, for example, provide opening platforms for individual board evaluation and challenge common board working procedures.
Authors Sutter-Rüdisser, Michèle F.
Editors Tanner, Anne-Cathrine; Siebeneck, Claudia & Brändli, Beat
Language English
Keywords Board, boards, board of directors, governance, board governance, corporate governance, governance codes, guidelines, board theories, board structures, board systems, Switzerland, Europe, Swiss-European
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to practical use / society
Refereed No
Date 2011
Publisher Stämpfli
Place of Publication Bern
Series Name Schriften der Assistierenden der Universität St. Gallen
Number 6
Page Range 411-428
Number of Pages 18
Title of Book Schweiz und Europa - Auswirkungen auf Wirtschaft, Recht und Gesellschaft
ISBN 978-3-7272-2285-6
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Michèle Florence Sutter Rüdisser
Date Deposited 19 Jul 2011 10:29
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:06


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Sutter-Rüdisser, Michèle F.: Board Governance : A revised Swiss-European Perspective. In Tanner, Anne-Cathrine; Siebeneck, Claudia & Brändli, Beat (ed.): Schweiz und Europa - Auswirkungen auf Wirtschaft, Recht und Gesellschaft. Bern : Stämpfli, 2011, S. 411-428.

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