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Inside The Boardroom (Hb)

Release date: 5 September 2023
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The largest private airline in India went bankrupt, as did the bank that could not say no to its borrowers who defaulted on huge loans. Could these disasters have been foreseen, if not averted? Would it have helped if the directors on the board had spoken up before the corporate failure?

Inside the Boardroom explores the downfall of these companies and many more in the light of directors’ behaviour and its impact on corporate governance. R. Gopalakrishnan and Tulsi Jayakumar believe that corporate success goes beyond having significant knowledge of accounting rules and governance regulations. They boldly assert that directors’ behaviour in the boardroom is less rational than may be widely believed! Being human, directors’ decisions are naturally subjective and prone to behavioural bias, especially when confronted with manifestations of power, passion and authority in the boardroom, or even a secret desire to be accepted by others. Hence, successful directors and boards need to be deep observers of human behaviour and boardroom dynamics because behavioural and cultural nuances are significant aspects in most incidents of mismanagement leading to governance failure.

Lucidly described with a plethora of real events and insightful instances, Inside the Boardroom showcases the authors’ experience with governance and boardroom behaviour. It brings to light misbehaviours in the boardroom, early warning signs of failing governance in companies and some magical mantras for CEOs and independent directors to prevent failures.

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INSIDE THE BOARDROOM : How Behaviour Trumps Rationality
INSIDE THE BOARDROOM : How Behaviour Trumps Rationality
INSIDE THE BOARDROOM : How Behaviour Trumps Rationality

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‘This book would be valuable for anyone looking to improve their understanding of corporate governance in the modern business world.’
N. Chandrasekaran, VPChairman, Tata Group

‘Inside the Boardroom, in the inimitable and no-holds-barred style of the authors, has rightly placed behavioural aspects centre stage and established that absent this aspect, boards would continue to perform suboptimally.’
TM . Damodaran, Chairperson, Excellence Enablers, and former chairman, SEBI, UTI and IDBI

‘An independent director must always remember that the adjective “independent” is valuable. Board members and practitioners will find this book worth their while.’
Omkar Goswami, Founder and chairman, CERG Advisory Private Limited

‘With exciting anecdotes and insightful learnings, this is a book every leader across the spectrum from business corporations to public life—current or aspiring—should read.’
Sanjiv MehtaFormer CEO and managing director, Hindustan Unilever Limited

Product Details

Title: Inside The Boardroom (Hb)
Author: R. Gopalakrishnan
Publisher: ‎ Rupa Publications India
SKU: BK0481602
EAN: 9789357025126
Number Of Pages: 224 pages
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 5 September 2023

About Author

This is R. Gopalakrishnan’s eighteenth book. Gopal has played every type of board role on more than twenty-five company boards over thirty-five years. In India and abroad. As CEO, executive director, non-executive director, board chairman, and as independent director. His board experience is rich and has provided him a ring-side view of corporate governance, as it has evolved since its nascent stirrings in the 1990s to its more exhaustive (and exhausting) avatar, now. Governance tends to be obsessed with the technicalities and rules. Gopal believes governance— corporate or public—has as much to do with human behaviour as it is about rules and procedures; it is about neeti (conduct) and neeyat (intent), as much as about niyam (rules)! Gopal welcomes reader feedback at Dr Tulsi Jayakumar is Professor of Finance & Economics and Executive Director, Centre for Family Business & Entrepreneurship at Bhavan’s S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai. Her research interests span various areas with special focus on behavioural economics and family business. She works extensively with family businesses and is a member of several industrial bodies. She is a thought leader and writes extensively in the media. She believes that most decisions are driven by either the sub-conscious or the unconscious, and a knowledge of the same can make all the difference in the boardroom, and indeed guide any management decision. This is her third book.

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