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The digital revolution has big implications for boards. The best of them are already working hard to bolster their digital know-how.

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Patrice Merrin, a non-executive director on the board of Glencore, discusses various elements of board leadership and diversity on Heidrick & Struggles' LeadershipTV®.

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Upcoming Events for Heidrick & Struggles' The Board Network

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An exclusive conversation with Lord Michael Hastings, global head of citizenship at KPMG International, on the need for diversity on boards today.

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An exclusive conversation with Lord Michael Hastings, global head of citizenship at KPMG International, on the board's role in ensuring good citizenship is embedded in the company.

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Crises in leadership transitions are inevitable, yet many boards are caught off guard when they happen. Smart boards take five steps to ensure a seamless succession.

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By adhering to these recommended principles and practices — objectivity, dialogue, appropriate involvement of management, attention to major investors, and prudent use of outsiders — boards can more adequately and accurately respond to an activist’s approach.

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Term limits and age limits are blunt instruments for addressing the real issue: creating and maintaining a high-performance board with the right mix of competencies.

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2012 was an exceptional year for activist investors, as they ousted boards, pushed for corporate breakups and challenged management teams. Many activists succeeded in pressing companies to return cash or do a deal, and some of the biggest brand names in the United States came under siege. According to The Wall Street Journal, several activist funds produced investor returns of more than 20% for th

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Few issues of organizational effectiveness and performance have moved so decisively to the front burner in recent years as culture.

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It is no surprise to anyone that US boards are grappling with increased scrutiny and ever more shareholder activism.

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