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Corporate Governance

Principles, Policies, and Practices

Third Edition

R. I. (Bob) Tricker

February 2015

ISBN: 9780198702757

544 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

This textbook provides an authoritative analysis of the codes and company laws regulating international corporate organizations. The book equips the reader with an understanding of corporate governance theory and investigates how the financial crisis continues to shape real-world policy and practice.



This textbook provides an authoritative analysis of the codes and company laws regulating international corporate organizations. The book equips the reader with an understanding of corporate governance theory and investigates how the financial crisis continues to shape real-world policy and practice.

  • An authoritative analysis of corporate governance, outlining the origins of corporate regulation and evaluating its development following the global financial crisis.
  • Clear three part structure logically introduces the theories, policies, and practical applications of the subject.
  • Numerous international case studies illustrate corporate governance in real-world organizations, including News International and Olympus, Japan.
  • A dedicated chapter on 'Corporate governance around the world' provides a comparative perspective and evaluates the impact of culture on governance in regions such as North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
  • A range of learning features, including projects, exercises, and two-colour diagrams, support and develop the reader's understanding.
  • Self-test questions at the end of every chapter, combined with accompanying solutions at the end of the book, allow students to compare their answers to the solutions and check their progress throughout.

New to this edition

  • Full coverage of new developments in the subject, including ethical culture, aggressive tax avoidance, attitudes to risk, executive remuneration, and whistle-blowing.
  • Comprehensively updated to address key changes in company law and new corporate regulation.
  • Provides a diverse range of new case studies, including examples from HBOS Bank, Goldman Sachs, and News International.
  • Includes additional coverage of global attitudes to the role of women on executive boards and ideas from around the world on the issue of quotas.

About the Author(s)

R. I. (Bob) Tricker, Former Professor of Finance, Hong Kong University. Honorary Professor Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Open University.

Dr. R. I. (Bob) Tricker was a chartered accountant, an officer in the Royal Navy, and financial controller of an industrial company, before studying at the Harvard Business School and becoming a Research Fellow at Oxford University. He was Professor of Management Information Systems at Warwick University, then Director of the Oxford Centre for Management Studies (now the Saïd Business School), before being appointed Professor of Finance at the University of Hong Kong. His books include The Independent Director (1978), Corporate Governance (1984) the first book with that title, and The Economist Essential Director (5th edition 2003). He currently holds honorary professorships of two Hong Kong Universities.

Table of Contents

    1: Corporate Governance: A subject whose time has come
    2: Governance and management
    3: Theories and Philosophies of Corporate Governance
    4: The Governance Partnership: Investors, companies, and directors
    5: The Regulatory Framework
    6: Models of Corporate Governance
    7: Functions of the Board
    8: The Governance of Corporate Risk
    9: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
    10: The Governance of Listed Companies
    11: The Governance of Private Companies and Other Corporate Entities
    12: Corporate Governance around the World
    13: Board Membership: Directors' appointment, roles, and remuneration
    14: Board Leadership: The reality of the boardroom
    15: Board Activities: Corporate governance in practice
    16: Board Effectiveness: Building better boards
    17: Board Evaluation: Reviewing directors and boards
    18: Corporate Governance: The next thirty years
    Corporate Governance Codes around the world
    Answers to end of chapter self-test questions


Review from previous edition I have always regarded Bob Tricker to be the father of corporate governance since his 1984 book introduced me to the words 'corporate governance' - Sir Adrian Cadbury, former Managing Director and Chairman of Cadbury-Schweppes

We studied "corporate governance" but never knew its name until Bob Tricker defined the field. Thirty years later, he is still in the vanguard of ensuring effective performance and social accountability, rooted in rigorous research. Governance is defining the issue of the 21st century and Bob Tricker our most knowledgeable teacher - James McRitchie, Founder and Publisher of corpgov.net

Bob Tricker's work is comprehensive, insightful, and provides an overview of international corporate governance that is second to none. His ability to take a difficult subject like corporate governance and substantiate the academic theories with practices has made the book a worthwhile and useful addition to the library. - Professor Greg Li, Adjunct Professor and chief of corporate governance system architect, G. Li & Company

The book undoubtedly is the most authoritative and convincing account of corporate governance available, which all readers will find illuminating and highly instructive - Professor Tom Clarke, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and author of Theories of Corporate Governance

This is the definitive account of the origins and the history of corporate governance. It sketches the development of governance with a magisterial pen covering forty years and all continents. For anyone interested in the field, you must read this book, no - you must own this book. - Robert AG Monks, advocate of better corporate governance and author of Corporate Governance

Additional Resources

The textbook is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, which includes:

For students

- Use the author blog to gain insight into current events in the world of business, economics and finance. The blog is updated by OUP authors and subject experts Bob Tricker and Christine Mallin.

- Take your learning further with relevant web links to reliable online content related to each chapter.

- Get the most from the case studies in the book by using our additional case study resources to support your online research.

For registered lecturers

- Additional case studies of varying lengths can be used in class to generate discussion and debate.

- Teaching notes support both the case studies and the projects from the book.

- PowerPoint slides can be used as a basis for lecture presentations or as hand-outs in class.

- Suggested group exercises enable students to put their teamwork skills into practice.