The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has announced the establishment of a commission to make recommendations about the "board's role in recalibrating the enterprise's corporate strategy in response to market forces". The decision, to consider the topic and present guidance, is a positive step towards more effective governance in the USA.
For some time now, researchers have suggested that strategy needs to be part of the board's remit, although a consistent interpretation of what that means remains unclear. Some directors and consultants think boards should be actively involved in the process. Others disagree. Clearly, there are several options to be considered, along a spectrum:
Irrespective of the recommendations that Commission presents later in the year, boards are responsible and accountable for business performance, and board contributions need to be recalibrated accordingly. I await the outcome of the NACD process with interest.
Thoughts on corporate purpose, strategy and governance; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.