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Examination of NZ Finance Company Failures: The Role of Corporate Governance

Wilson, W.R.

Rose, L.C.

Pinfold, J.F.

Recently any difficulty a financial institution found itself in seems to have been blamed on the global financial crisis. This paper, employing forensic case study analysis of finance companies in New Zealand rebuts this excuse. Instead, it is argued the large number of failures in New Zealand finance companies in the last four years was due to a failure of regulation and corporate governance, occurring well ahead of the global financial crisis.

Corporate Strategy Analysis: General Electric Co. (1981-2008) - A Case Study

Bucifal, S

The General Electric Company (GE) is widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful corporations of the 20th century. This paper aims to analyse critically the corporate strategy of GE during the period from 1981 to 2008 under the leadership of two very different but equally influential CEOs—Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt. The paper is organised in four sections. The first section describes GE’s corporate strategy from 1981 to 2001 with Jack Welch as CEO, followed immediately by a critical analysis of Welch’s strategic approach in the second section. The third section then describes GE’s corporate strategy from 2001 to 2008 with Jeff Immelt as CEO, followed again by a critical analysis of Immelt’s strategic approach in section four.

A Case Study Analysis of Transferred Practices Within MNCs: The Actor Network Theory

Hilaricus, J

This paper investigates how transferred practices influence regular work practices within MNCs. The author studied knowledge transfer within a French multinational corporation (MNC) using the Actor Network Theory (abbreviated as ANT). ANT offers a suitable framework for analyzing the process of adoption of a transferred practice by subsidiaries of MNCs. Findings indicate that the adoption of transferred practices by foreign subsidiaries is a very uneven process. Some units and managers support adoption and use of the technology; others do not. There are also some surprising side effects of using Lotus Notes software, particularly increased communication between the Brazilian and Mexican subsidiaries.

Ethical Issues for NGO Principals in Sustainability, Outreach and Impact of Microfinance: Lessons in Governance from Banco Compartamos' IPO

Ashta, A

Bush, M

In 2007, a Mexican microfinance company, Banco Compartamos, sold shares in a secondary Initial Public Offering (IPO) at 12-times book value where book value itself was 21-times paid-up capital. High interest rates of 86 per cent were charged to poor people, net of taxes, causing accusations of exploitation of poor borrowers. The selling agents included NGOs such as Compartamos AC, ACCION as well as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank group. These agencies were quick to react and offered many explanations in their defence. Nevertheless, ethical issues involving principal-agent problems, where the principal is an NGO, have been left unanswered.

Fostering Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership in Family Firms: Ten Lessons

Barrett, M

Moores, K

Women’s potential to lead a firm – whether one started by a family member or a new venture of their own – is still not often enough acknowledged. With family firms acknowledged as the seeding grounds for the next generation of entrepreneurs, and with increasing attention in research and public policy to women’s entrepreneurship, it is important to understand the factors in family firms which help and hinder their women members’ leadership and entrepreneurship potential. This article, based on the authors’ book Women in Family Business Leadership Roles: Daughters on the Stage (Edward Elgar, 2009), presents ten lessons for family firms which arise from the experience of women in family firms.

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