Putting the Corporate Board to Work

Studies of the modern corporation

Courtney C. Brown

Publisher: MacMillan, 1976, 159 pages

ISBN: 0-02-904760-9

Keywords: Board of Directors

Last modified: Feb. 22, 2020, 10:37 a.m.


  1. Are Governing Boards Necessary?
    • The Role of the Corporation
    • Social Criticism and the Corporation
    • Should Boards Be Eliminated?
    • Why Corporations Need Boards
    • The Board and the Social Role of the Corporation
    • A Different Reason for Strengthening the Board
    • Governing Boards Are Necessary
  2. Governing Boards of Business Corporations
    • One-Man versus Consensus Management
    • The Legalities of Transition
    • The Election of Board Members
    • The Termination of Board Membership
    • The Four Ps" Identify the Board's Concerns
    • The Board's Role in Social Responsibility
    • Clarification and Collaboration of Board and Management Functions
    • How Much Independence?
  3. A New Job for the Chairman
    • The Functions of the Chairman
    • Specific Tasks of the Chairman
    • Informing the Board
    • The Chairman as External Communications Officer
    • The Proxy Process
    • The Chairman's Job
  4. A Full Job for the Chief Executive Officer
    • The Duties of a Chief Executive Officer
    • The Organizational Structure of the Corporation
    • The Increasing Operational Demands on the Chief Executive Officer
    • The Demands of the Corporation's External Environment
    • Consensus Management in the Corporation
  5. Organizing the Working Board
    • The Executive Committee
    • The Finance Committee
    • The Audit and Corporate Organization Committee
    • The Conflict of Interests and Legal Affairs Committee
    • The Compensation and Pension Committee
    • The Personnel, Management Development, and Succession Committee
  6. The Composition of the Board
    • The Supply of Competent Directors
    • The Supply of Director-time
    • The Size of Boards
    • Other Sources and Non-Sources of Directors
    • Co-determination: A Form of Labor Representation
    • Interest Group Directors Evaluated
    • Government Representatives
    • The Potential of Non-Business Directors
    • Accountants, Bankers, and Lawyers as Board Members
    • Former Corporate Officers
  7. Future Prospects of the Board of Directors
    • The Basic Distinction between the Board and Management
    • The Transition to Separate Membership of the Board and Management
    • A New Concept of the Board Chairman
    • Board Committees: Their Commitments and Compensation
    • Board Independence
  8. Notes on Governing Boards of Not-for-Profit Corporations
    • Mutual Insurance Companies and Savings Banks
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Hospitals
    • General Welfare Foundations
    • Conclusions


Putting the Corporate Board to Work

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Decent ****** (6 out of 10)

Last modified: March 30, 2009, midnight

An old (1976) book that still gives a good introduction to boards and their work.


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