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22
Mar

Hofstede’s Work–Albeit Controversial–Provides Foundation for Understanding Culture and Management

As we began to delve further into some of the core issues that have been covered in the past relating to comparative management studies it became clear that the interaction of culture and management would be a topic that we need to explore in greater depth.  The well-known work of Geert Hofstede has been praised and sharply criticized and remains a "must read" for anyone interested in this area.  In an early article published over 30 years ago he described how he collected and analyzed extensive amounts of data from IBM subsidiaries in 40 countries to empirically determine the main criteria for differentiating among national cultures.  At that time he identified four cultural dimensions–power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism and masculinity–and attempted to demonstrate how cultural differences might impact the effectiveness of widely accepted Western management theories relating to motivation, leadership and organization.  In future posts we will provide a more detailed examination of Hofstede's work and studies undertaken by others to test Hofstede's proposition and identify their own cultural dimensions.

15
Mar

Role of Disclosure and Nominating Committees

While audit committees justifiably attract most of the attention when corporate governance issues are discussed many other board committees also play important roles in providing objective expertise when seeking to resolve various issues relating to the operation of reporting companies.  In this post we discuss the role and administration of disclosure and nominating committees.

8
Mar

Model Regulation FD Policy

The SEC adopted Regulation FD back in 2000 to address concerns about selective disclosure of material nonpublic information relating to companies subject to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  In response public companies adopted policies and procedures designed to assist with Regulation FD compliance.  In this post I provide a model Regulation FD policy that includes various elements that may be of value to any company administering a communications policy with a group of external stakeholders (including investors).