Inside the Boardroom

Author(s): Richard Leblanc


Distinguished governance experts offer cures for what ails our boards of directors In light of corporate malfeasance in recent years, the governance of corporations has been receiving great attention from regulators, researchers, shareholders, and directors themselves. Based on Richard Leblanc's in-depth five-year study of 39 boards of directors of both for- and not-for-profit organizations, Building a Better Board goes behind the scenes to reveal the inner workings of boards of directors, including how they make decisions. Richard Leblanc, PhD (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), is an award-winning teacher, lawyer, management consultant, and professor who teaches corporate governance at the Schulich School of Business, York University, and at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. James Gillies, PhD (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), is Professor Emeritus at the Schulich School of Business, York University, where he serves as Chair of the Canada-Russia Corporate Governance Program.


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Dr. Richard Leblanc is an award-winning teacher and researcher, certified management consultant, professional speaker, professor, lawyer and specialist on boards of directors. He is an Assistant Professor of Corporate Governance, Law & Ethics at the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University. Professor Leblanc's research has been of interest to boards of directors, institutional shareholders, government, regulators, the media and professional service advisers to boards, including law, accounting, consulting and director search firms. He provides advisory assistance to boards of directors and has advised directors, executives and academics from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, and China. He has assessed the effectiveness of boards of directors, audit, compensation, nominating and governance committees, chairs of boards, chairs of board committees and CEOs, together with offering recommendations for improvement. Dr. Leblanc may be reached by email at or Dr. James Gillies is Professor Emeritus of Policy and founding Dean of the Schulich School of Business at York University. Before joining York, he spent fifteen years as a member of the faculty of the School of Business at UCLA. Professor Gillies has also served as a Member of Parliament and senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister of Canada, and is a member of the Order of Canada. During his career, Dr. Gillies has been a member of more than thirty public, private and not-for-profit boards throughout Canada and the United States. He is the author, co-author or editor of thirteen books, including Boardroom Renaissance: Power, Morality and Performance in the Modern Corporation, and more than 100 articles on business and government activities. Professor Gillies is currently Chair of the Canada-Russia Corporate Governance Program at the Schulich School of Business. Email:

Foreword. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Chapter 1. Boards of Directors Have Failed and We Don't Know Why. Chapter 2. The Many Forms of the Modern Corporations. Chapter 3. Contemporary Directors: Who Are They, What Do They Do, and How Well Do They Do It? Chapter 4. Best Board Practices and Assessments: Necessary but Not Enough. Chapter 5. The Traditional Board: The Triumph of Structure. Chapter 6. The Effective Board: Function Not Form. Chapter 7. Effective Directors for Effective Boards: Putting Them Together. Chapter 8. The Director Behavioural Types. Chapter 9. A Special Type pf Director: The Chair of the Board. Chapter 10. "C-B-S-R"-How to Build a Better Board. Chapter 11. The Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance. Appendix A: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies: How Do They Differ? Appendix B: The Research Process: Getting into the Boardrooms, Obtaining the Interviews and Analyzing the Data. Bibliography. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470835203
  • : June 2005
  • : 234mm X 161mm X 24mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Leblanc
  • : Hardback
  • : 658.001
  • : 288
  • : illustrations