I had the privilege of attending a corporate governance symposium in Auckland yesterday. The one-day symposium, hosted by Auckland University of Technology (AUT), was held in the recently opened Sir Paul Reeves Building on the main AUT campus. It's a great facility. Approximately 30 researchers and other experts, including several international speakers, gathered to discuss recent developments in the field of governance. Topics included ethics, performance, diversity, technology and remuneration. There were seven main presentations throughout the day, and twelve supporting papers (presented in two concurrent streams after morning tea and after lunch). Some of the main presentations are summarised below:
The symposium delivered great value to attendees—if the many complementary comments overheard during drinks at the end of the day is any indicator. Dr Coral Ingley's vision, and hard work to breathe life into it, needs to be acknowledged and applauded. Well done Coral. I hope the AUT corporate governance symposium becomes an annual event, to bring researchers, experts and (importantly) practitioners together to share and test ideas, in order to improve governance in this part of the world. It would fill a gaping void.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.