Prof. Silke Machold delivered the second keynote talk at the International Governance Workshop in Barcelona. Machold, who has been researching boards for many years, is a researcher that I admire—for she has been able to gain access to boardrooms to observe boards in action. Here's a summary of her rather wide-ranging commentary on companies and corporate governance:
Machold summarised her talk by suggesting that much has been said and claimed over the years, and that much of it had led to people getting quite excited about factors and attributes that, quite frankly probably are immaterial—thus the title of her talk: Much ado about nothing.
Thoughts on corporate purpose, strategy and governance; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.